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Galeria Namu

7th Avenue | Between 5th And 7th Streets, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2256 3412
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Great selection

So much to see. Loved it all. Went shopping with my mom and a tour guide who'd never been. They had... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
ajp1216
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Houston, Texas
Great Gallery for Native Arts and Crafts

After looking for high quality native art and craft throughout our visit to Costa Rica, we finally... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jess M
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Galeria Namu is a fair trade art gallery for local and indigenous artists from Costa Rica and surrounding Central America countries. Established in 1998 at this same location, visitors to Costa Rica's capital city of San Jose can find us easily behind the Holiday Inn (across from Parque Morazan).Knowledge and passion for the artists and their work is what makes a visit to Galeria Namu special; the owner, Aisling, and her son Conall, along with their support staff love to share with visitors the background of the tribe or individual artisans and the remarkable collection of unique and very special pieces available for purchase. For the past 15 years, Galeria Namu has nurtured a relationship with the artists who create folk art, gold and jade replicas, handwoven baskets, originals paintings, tagua carvings and jewelry and much more. Visit the website for hours and a sampling of what you will encounter. Be prepared to catch their enthusiasm for fair trade with these local arts and crafts.
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  • Average3%
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“indigenous art” (15 reviews)
“fair trade” (33 reviews)
“woven baskets” (6 reviews)
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7th Avenue | Between 5th And 7th Streets, San Jose, Costa Rica
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+506 2256 3412
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"indigenous art"
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"fair trade"
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"woven baskets"
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"costa rica and panama"
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"the holiday inn"
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"wonderful gallery"
in 3 reviews
"gallery owner"
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"won't break the bank"
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"beautiful items"
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"buying something"
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"authentic costa rican"
in 4 reviews
"mass produced"
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"central america"
in 8 reviews
"carved wood"
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"for sale"
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"local crafts"
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"background information"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

So much to see. Loved it all. Went shopping with my mom and a tour guide who'd never been. They had items from 8 tribes in Costa Rica, street kids, and tribes from Panama, and Nicaragua. Something for everyone.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After looking for high quality native art and craft throughout our visit to Costa Rica, we finally found this terrific gallery just a few steps from our hotel. They have an exceptionally wide spectrum of work — basketry, masks, jewelry, painting, batik, and much more,...More

Thank Jess M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went downtown San Jose to see Costa Rican art, this gallery was great. The gallery owner is very knowledgeable and transmit his love for art. I would recommend to visit this gallery to any art lover.

Thank Clement S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful selection of artwork and crafts from indigenous peoples from all around Costa Rica and Central America. Their selection of Borucan carved masks is excellent. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable and was able to pack our purchases for travel. They have informational handouts about...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Superb. A short walk from the centre. Free. Aesthetically enriching if not inspiring. Staff definitely inspiring. Ask about the cultures, the individuals and the craft that goes into these creations.. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! Conall was fascinating and impressive. The crafts were amazing The...More

Thank Philip t
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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Philip, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with Galeria Namu with TripAdvisor readers and we're grateful for your generous praise. Come back soon!!

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

They had a great collection of unique objects sold at a great price. Each item had a detailed back-story. If you’re in downtown San Jose, it’s a must-do.More

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you for you review Alanna and we appreciate that you recognise its importance for any visitors to San Jose! You will find more background information on our detailed website, having the context of a piece of art is such a valuable part of the...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

You will find creations for all budgets. REAL crafts, NOT made in China. Even if you don't buy a thing, it is a pleasure to see the wide range of crafts--very high qualityMore

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you Amy! We especially like to hear that you greatly enjoyed even the visual pleasure of being in the gallery.. We are proud of the quality and of the fact that so many think it resembles a museum!! We hope you will visit us...More

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Reviewed 16 February 2018

A variety of native artwork, woodwork, stonework and greeting cards made by the indigenous people of Costa Rica. Well worth the short walk from central Avenida.

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2018

Thanks Edwin for taking the time to let people know what a comprehensive fair trade gallery w are!

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Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

This is a small fair trade art gallery with a wide variety of various Costa Rican art and crafts: jewelry, woven masks & baskets, ceramics, carved masks , and art. Even if you don’t buy it’s nice to look around. The helpful man who was...More

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2018

Thank you for your kind review, we're happy that you stated how visitors will receive a warm welcome if only to look around, but buying from - as you noted - a fair trade gallery is a wonderful way to support these artists. We hope...More

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Reviewed 25 January 2018

This was our second trip here and once again we were impressed by many of the items offered for sale. The baskets are such high quality crafts and it's nice to see that many of the indigenous communities they come from are identified. They also...More

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2018

Nice review and we thank you for taking the trouble to write it. We hope we will see you in the gallery again one day. and remember if you would like to see and learn more about the pieces in the gallery we have a...More

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Kafitz123
22 June 2016|
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Response from celticachica | Property representative |
It depends - some people spend 20 minutes browsing while others take an hour of more
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Yamileth O
3 March 2016|
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Response from CobaltConnection | Reviewed this property |
There is no ticket needed to enter the gallery/shop. If you drive, there is a parking lot across the street which charges very little to park.
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