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Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum

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Juan Santamaria Cultural Historical Museum is the national institution to acquire, preserve, preserve, research and disseminate cultural heritage, related to the National Campaign and the province of Alajuela. It is located in the Old Headquarer and...more
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Avenida 1, Calle Central y 2, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
+506 2441 4775
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All reviews costa rican history interesting history civil war juan santamaria translated into english free admission great place to learn great displays few hours independence exhibits century nicaragua neighbors information plaza
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Reviewed 4 December 2018

Definitely worth checking out if you have time to kill in Alajuela. Small, interesting museum. Exhibits are very well done. About half is translated to English, so you definitely miss a lot if you don't speak Spanish. But still worth visiting, especially since it's free....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank matthewbe42
Reviewed 10 November 2018

Much of th information is in English and Spanish so worth it. Lots of great depictions if the wars and conflicts for not only Costa Rica but for its northern neighbor as well. Several halls with information and artifacts from historical times.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 6 August 2018

In central Alajuela, this history museum is not sufficiently well-known. It is free and offers important events in Costa Rican history as well as exhibits of contemporary Costa Rican artists. I just wrote a review of Jalapanos, a great restaurant only two blocks away. A...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

A good place to spend about an hour. A great insight into the history. Not all the info is translated into English though.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

I enjoy getting the history of Costa Rica. It's good knowing what strong men & women living here. All free. And sometimes you get a free concert in the park.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Patricia D
Reviewed 19 March 2018

Across the street at the northwest corner of Alajuela's main plaza is this museum that is contained in a building that once served as a jail. The first big surprise was that no admission was charged, at least on the Wednesday afternoon that I went....More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

We visited this museum when we were just wondering around downtown one morning. It a beautiful building and it had lots of cool displays but most of the signs were in Spanish so we didn’t get the whole experience. There was no fee for entry...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank 617kellyw
Reviewed 8 January 2018

Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum is a great place to learn a little bit about Costa Rica's history. Our family spent part of a morning there looking at the displays that tell the story of this national hero and the events that shaped Costa Rica....More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Ming H
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Very interesting historical summary of Costa Rica. Exhibits of clothing and tools used in the past.I was surprised to read the displays and learn of the turbulent evolution of today's modern country. Probably known to every local school kid in Costa Rica, but as a...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Michael M
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

It’s a nice museum. Well kept and easy to follow. English is available. Interesting history, great displays, old artifacts and even art gallery intergeaded. We were very fortunate to come on a day when it was free to the public. We enjoyed our visit.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Response from Canadians2Ottawa | Reviewed this property |
I would think so however there is a security guard at the door when you enter worst case you could probably leave it with him