Museums & Monuments

Templo de la Musica
Monument set within the grounds of the Parque Maorazan in San Jose. Located in Calle 7, San Jose.
National Museum
Costa Ricas national museum with historic and natural history exhibitions. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays 08:30-16:30, Sundays 09:00-16:00. Located at 17th St., central and 2nd Ave., Downtown San Jose, San Jose.
Museo Numismatico
Displaying a range of coins and antique money. Located next to the gold museum (museo del oro), near to the Plaza de la Cultura. Open Monday to Friday 08:00-16:00.
Museo del Jade
Indigenous jade artifacts and art museum, souvenir shop, and other archeological exhibits. Open Mondays to Fridas 08:30-15:30, Saturdays 09:00-13:00. Located between 9th and 11th Sts., 7th and 9th Ave., at the INS building, Downtown San Jose, San Jose.
Museo Juan Santamaria
Historical museum. Located in north to the central park, Alajuela. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:00.
Museo Historico dell Dr. Rafael Angel Calderon Guardia
Historic museum focusing on the ex-president Dr. Rafael Angel Calderon Guardia, 1948 war exhibits, theater, dance, art exhibits, and movies. Open Mondays to Saturdays 09:00-17:00. Located
Municipal Museum of Cartago
Museum of Cartago displaying photographic work, included amongst these are photos of the restoration work of the museum. Located at Calles 2-4 Av 6, Cartago. Open Monday-Saturday 09:00-16:00 and Sunday 09:00-15:00. Entrance is free.
Monumento Nacional Guayabo
The park and the monument was created in 1973 and is one of the largest archeological sites in Costa Rica, with many unexplored areas to be discovered. Located in Cartago Province, 60 miles east of San Jose.
National Park San Jose
National park with many walkways, gardens and monuments. Located 10101 San Jose.
Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle
Natural history and sciences museum exhibiting dissected specimens from over the world. Paleontology, zoology, archeology, and mineralogy collections. Open Mondays to Saturdays 07:30-16:00, Sundays 09:00-17:00. Located at Southeast Sabana, San Jose.
Museo de Cultura Popular
Old coffee house, plantation, which belonged to a former Costa Rican president. The different rooms in the museum depicts the family life in Costa Rica. Located in Santa Luciade Barba de Heredia. Open Mondays-Fridays, 08:00-16:00.
Museum of Forms, Spaces and Sounds (Museo de Formas, Espacio...
Displaying art forms, works of art along with audio sounds and noises. Located at the old station of Ferrocarril al atlantico, paseo de las damas. Open Monday-Sunday 09:30-15:00.
Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo
Art and design museum with contemporary art exhibits by national and Latin American artists. Coffee, souvenir shop, and documentation center. Open Mondays to Saturdays 10:30-17:30. Located at 13th St., between 3rd and 7th Ave. Downtown San Jose, San Jose
Museo del Oro Precolombino
Costa Rican indigenous gold art and artifacts museum with historic indigenous artifacts on exhibit, temporary and permanent exhibitions. Open Mondays to Saturdays 09:30-16:30. Located at 5th St., between central and 2nd Ave., Downtown San Jose, San Jose.
Santa Rosa Historical Museum
Small museum within the Santa Rosa park complex, housing an exhibition of antiques and information from trails around the site. Open from 08:00-16:00.
Museum of Our Lady of Ujarras
Focusing on the Paraiso community and the discovery of the Virgin Ujarras, on view are old artifacts of domestic use, photographs, religious objects and more. Located in north end of Paraiso church, Cartago.
Criminological museum (Museo de Criminologia)
Formed in 1981, dedicated to topics of crime. located in the supreme court of justice, avenidas 6-8, calle 17, San Jose.
Parque Morazan
Park with walkways, gardens and monuments. Located in Calle 7, San Jose.
Monument Esteban Lorenzo de Tristan
Dedicated to the bishop who discovered the town of Alajuela. Located in the central park of Alajuela.
Museo Filatelico Numismatico
Philatelic and numismatic museum of Costa Rica with a wide collection of stamps, and historic coins and bills. Open Mondays to Fridays 08:00-17:00. Located at 2nd St., between 1st and 3rd Ave., at the Central mail building, Downtown San Jose, San Jose.
Museos del Banco Central de Costa Rica
Dedicated to the historical archeological finding of coins, money, artifacts, art work and much more. Located at calle 3 & 5 avenida central & segunda, below the cultural plaza, San Jose.
Museo Para la Paz
Peace museum with exhibits of central american history, documentation of the first Arias administration, and the Esquipulas II peace treaty. Open Mondays to Fridays 08:00-1:30. Located at 2nd Ave., between 13th and 17th Sts. Downtown San Jose, San Jose.
Museo de Arte Costarricense
Costa Rican art museum with permanent and temporary exhibits by decades and artistic periods. Theatrical expositions. Open Tuesdays to Fridays 09:00-17:00, Saturdays and Sundays 10:00-16:00. Located at the Old Airport building in La Sabana Park, San Jose
Museo de Insecto
Displaying a range of insects, from the more unusual to the most common. Open Monday-Friday 10:00-16:45, Entrance fees are as follows: ¢500, students ¢200, tourists ¢1000. Located in the University of Costa Rica, San Pedro, San Jose.

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