Museo de Arte Costarricense, San Jose

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Soak up some Costa Rican culture at Museo de Arte Costarricense, an intimate space housing the nation's largest collection of art. The intriguing architecture of the museum reflects its previous life as the country’s international airport terminal, converted in 1955 to open its doors to both foreign and homegrown fine art. A collection of over 6,400 works of Costa Rican paintings, sculptures, photography and printmaking dating back to the mid-19th century are scattered across the walls and grounds of the charming gallery. Visit the display rooms of artist Juan Manuel Sanchez to appreciate a diverse array of work from the national treasure. You can also admire an ever-growing collection of works from leading international artists. Discover how to plan a San Jose trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • This is an interesting collection of several contemporary artists in Costa Rica's cultural history. The building itself is intriguing to walk around and I spent some time sketching n the courtyard... 
    This is an interesting collection of several contemporary artists in Costa Rica's cultural history. The building itself is intriguing to walk around and I spent some time sketching n the courtyard...  more »
  • This museum is in a building which was used as an airport terminal building . It is free and certainly worth a visit. The building itself is a marvel and the waiting room for dignitaries ( now... 
    This museum is in a building which was used as an airport terminal building . It is free and certainly worth a visit. The building itself is a marvel and the waiting room for dignitaries ( now...  more »
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  • This free entry museum was wonderful, interesting, and in a beautiful location. The building itself is jaw dropping and as very poor Spanish speakers we still entirely enjoyed the visuals and setup of the exhibits. I would highly recommend a visit if you're looking for culture in San Jose.
  • This was disappointing because I have knee problems and find it challenging to climb stairs. This is a two story building with a steep winding staircase to the second floor with no elevator. As a result I missed the best part of the museum. If stairs are not an obstacle then I recommend it, there was some interesting art on the main floor and an outdoor sculpture garden. But from what I heard from my tour mates the best stuff was upstairs.

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