Museums in Costa Rica
Museums in Costa Rica
Visit three museums in the capital with a single ticket
On a short trek of less a kilometer, you can visit three of the most important museums in the Costa Rican capital with a single ticket.
The ticket covers the Central Bank Museum, the Museum of Jade and Pre-Columbian Culture, and the National Museum of Costa Rica. They are located in the lower part of the Plaza de la Cultura and on the west side of the Plaza de la Democracia, respectively.
This initiative, called “The Museum Walk”, creates a dialogue among the archaeological, historical and artistic collections of the three museums, featuring different exhibitions in each museum based on a common theme. Although each of the exhibits can be visited and understood on their own, visitors to all three will round out their knowledge and identify the connections between the research that each exhibit has on display.
What will you find in each museum?
It is the oldest museum in the country, located in the historic Cuartel Bellavista building, where, in 1948, former President Figueres abolished the army.
It features an important archeology exhibit, with unique pieces such as the stone spheres of Diquís.
It also has one of the most important historical collections on display, which articulately recounts the history of Costa Rica from the time of contact and conquest up until present day.
It is seen as a novel, avant-garde cultural offering in the realm of Central American archaeological heritage protection and conservation.
Located in downtown San José in a modern building, which has an architectural component that visually communicates the concept of a block of jade divided in half, it holds a collection of around 7,000 objects from the pre-Columbian era, including those made of jade, ceramic, and stone, among others, and has a collection of art and ethnography.
The Costa Rican Central Bank Museum holds part of the archaeological, numismatic and artistic heritage of the country in an iconic building located in the heart of San José. Its main room features the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, where you can get a closer look at the worldview of pre-Hispanic cultures through extraordinary gold artifacts. The Museum of Numismatics room boasts the largest collection worldwide of Costa Rican coins and banknotes, taking you on a journey through different stages of economic, social, political, and even architectural history. In addition to these exhibits, there are temporary exhibits related to the three collections. They display visual art collections made up of works by Costa Rican artists.
Costa Rica museums showcase a rich and diverse cultural heritage.