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A mixed bag, but good for indigeneous art

If you are interested in indigenous art and something different from your run of the mill Costa... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cerro Plano, Costa Rica
Some good finds

The quality varies but the selection is very broad and there is some hard to find stuff such as... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Marcella S
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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...more
7th Avenue | Between 5th And 7th Streets, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2256 3412
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are interested in indigenous art and something different from your run of the mill Costa Rican mass souvenirs, this place is worth a visit. From palm ivory to wood to oil canvases, there is a range of well made handicrafts.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank govind2305
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The quality varies but the selection is very broad and there is some hard to find stuff such as carving from Palm ivory. Worth a visit when in central San jose. Helpful staff and you are helping indigenous people.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Marcella S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So, last June,it was at least my 15 th visit to Namu. I've been around Costa Rica for 40 years. This place is authentic. Shop owners are implicated in the native communities. It is fair trade. I've seen other shops . I've been harassed by...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank lucquesnel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This shop has a huge selection of native Costa Rican and mesoamerican art for sale. Prices are reasonable and the shop keepers friendly and helpful. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Patrick D
Reviewed 28 November 2018

Superior tourist rubbish.....well overpriced and often very crudely made. I was very disappointed after the reviews.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Perrygrinate
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

I’m surprised this is rated the #1 thing to do in San Jose. I wouldn’t call it a gallery, but definitely the most appealing artwork available for purchase I have seen during my two weeks in Costa Rica.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sarah_nz31
Reviewed 30 October 2018

This is an incredible gallery store. The owner has amassed a dazzling collection of indigenous art, ceramics, textiles and weaving from all corners of Central America. Prices are reasonable and fair trade. Not to be missed.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DrewF1980
Reviewed 27 August 2018

The painted carved masks are really spectacular. Worth a visit just to view these gallery quality masks.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Paul F
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

The range of Brunka/Boruca masks here is incredible. We weren't going to manage driving all the way to the village on our trip (sadly) and this gallery had by far the best range, both on quality, variety and number. Yes, they are more expensive than...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Ruth K
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

This small Galeria is chock full of excellent pieces from different regions and time periods. You will be able to purchase some of the pre-Columbian pieces shown in the Jade Museum. Reasonably priced and excellent quality. It's tucked away by the Holiday Inn.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Dolly L
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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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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.