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Name Description Address Phone
National Museum The Nacional Museum was founded in 1897 and has become a cultural center by excellence. In 1949, after the Costa Rica goverment abolished the army, the museum was relocated in the former Bellavista Quarter, and declared a historic patrimony. 17 St., Central & 2nd., San José (506)257-1733
"La Salle" Natural Science Museum This museum recalls the natural history of our planet through 45 000 spectacular specimens. It was founded by Brother Eduardo Fernández, a monk from St. John the Baptist of La Salle, and is currently sponsored by La Salle. Southwest side of La Sabana Metropolitan Park, San José, across the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. (506)232-1306
Contemporary Art and Design Museum(MADC) This museum was the first architectonic space specially designed for national and international artistic expression. Built in 1994 and located in the former NationalLiquor Industry, it's nowdays known as the National Center for Art and Culture. The building holds theater and dance rooms, in addition to an outdoor amphitheater which allows visitors to enjoy different artistic performances under warm sunrays at daytime, or the twinkling stars at night. Former Fanal, 13 & 15 St., 3rd Ave., San José. (506)257-7202
Costa Rican Art Museum This charming neocolonial edification from the 1940's opened its doors to the public on May 3rd. 1978, where once the terminalof the former La Sabana International Airport operated. La Sabana Metropolitan Park, San José (506)222-7734
Marco Fidel Tristan Jade Museum The Jade Museum currently exhibits the larguest American pre-Columbian jade collection anywhere. It is an archaeological museum with enormous artistic quality pieces made of jade, carved stone, ceramics, and gold. Ave . 7, Sts. 9 & 11, San José, 11th floor of the National Insurance Institute. (506)287-6034
Philatelic Museum of Costa Rica Costa Rica is infamous for embellishing its letters with stamps of great beauty. Consequently, an exhibition room has been instituted to display our postal history and the development of stamps within the country's postal system. It's here, in this museum, where you can admire differen series of orchids, endangered animals, butterflies and many other categories that have been used throughout the years. Central Postal Office, Second Floor, 1st. Ave., 3rd. San José. (506)223-9766
Insect Museum of the University of Costa Rica The museum displays more than one million specimens of insects collected from around the world throughout different investigations. It is locatedwithin the university campus; therefor you can get acquainted with the University of Costa Rica, you can enjoy and discover the different collections of dragonflies, metallic beetles, butterflies, flies and thousands and more insects of all shapes, size and colors. Basement of the Musical Arts Faculty. (506)207-5318
Central Bank of Costa Rica Museum These museums include the pre-Columbian Gold Museum, the Numismatic Museum and the Plastic Arts Collection, They are considered the most valuablein their gender. More than 2 600 pre-Colombian gold pieces are exhibited in a setting that explains the techniques used by the Indians when working with the precious material. 2nd & Central Ave., 5th. St, San José (506)223-0528
Popular Culture Museum An example of a productive museum, it exhibits a house made of plaited caneand mud, representative of the traditional architectureof the second half of the XIXth century in the Central Valley. Santa Lucía, Barva de Heredia(falloe the information signs on the road) (506)260-1619
Children's Museum This is the first museum of its class in Center America. It is magical place for both children and adults to learn through playing.
The museum is located in the former Central Penitentiary is an impressive well-burned brick structure built in 1906.
Former Central Penitentiary, San José (506)257-9812
Criminology Museum History of crime in Costa Rica Second Floor, Organismo de Investigación Judicial(OIJ), 6-8 Av, 17 Street. (506)295-3850
Gold Museum Over 2 000 pre-Columbian gold artifacts on permanent display and temporary art exhibits. Below Plaza de la Cultura (506)223-0528
Regional Costa Rican Art Museum Clínica Interada de Tibás, southern side of Saprissa soccer Stadium, Tibás. (506)240-9044
Dr Rafael Angel Calderón Guardia Museum In an old Calderón Family Mansion, presents life of ex-President Rafael Calderón Guardia, library, art hall for temporary exhibitions. Barrio Escalate (506)222-6392
Instituto Clodomiro Picado Snake researche center where antivenin is made to cure snakebites. Ample display of live snakes, poisonous and non. Live demostrations of venom extraction. Dulce Nombre de Coronado (506)229-0344
Marine Biology Museum Features marine creatures and insects. School of Biology of the Universidad Nacional, Heredia. (506)261-0101
Serpentario Permanent exhibit of live snakes, including Costa Rica's poisonous species, crested lizards, Jesus Christ lizards, pirañs, more 1 Av, 9-11 Street, across Hotel el Rey (506)255-4210
Spirogyra Collection of plants favored by butterflies, hummingbirds, plus winged creatures in all cycles of life. 50 m west, 150 m south of San Francisco de Guadalupe Churh. (506)222-2937


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