Museum of Stamps of Costa Rica
This museum features the country's mail process, while showcasing the rise of the various communication systems dating back to 1849. The museum's primary activities include stamp collecting courses and advice to stamp collectors, as well as preserving and classifying world stamp collections. Located on 2nd Street, between 1st and 3rd Avenue. Second floor of the San Jose Central Post Office.
- Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tel: (506) 2223-6918
Popularly known as the Children’s Museum, this beautiful structure, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, was inaugurated in 1994. It is the first interactive museum in Central America with themes related to sciences, history, technology, and arts. The National Art Gallery, the Youth Knowledge Complex, and the National Auditorium are also located here. Located at the Costa Rica Science and Culture Center, 4th Street, Ninth Avenue, the Old Penitentiary Building.
- School year: Tuesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Vacation months: Monday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tel: (506) 2258-4929
Calderon Guardia Museum
This museum seeks to preserve, recover, and make people aware of the legacy of social reform achieved from 1940-1944 by the distinguished countryman Dr. Calderon Guardia, one of the most important political leaders of the country. It has four historical rooms, which recreate the life and work of the ex-president, as well as an art gallery for temporary exhibits. Located on 11th Avenue, between 25th and 27th Street.
- Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.
Tel: (506) 2222-6392 or (506) 2255-1218
Rafael Obregon Loria Museum of the Grand Lodge
The Rafael Obregon Loria Museum allows you to admire many representative elements of the Masonry in Costa Rica, its history and some of its practices. Get to know the contributions that illustrious Masons have made to the development of the country, such as Jose Maria Castro Madriz and Rafael Obregon Loria, among others. Located: 19th St., Central Avenue
Tel: (506) 2222-5064
Chieton Moren Shop and Museum
The Chieton Moren Project is a section of the Costa Rican Indigenous communities located in San Jose where craftsmen and women exhibit their products openly, without the middle-man. The craftsmen and women and a group of volunteers are responsible for it.
Aside from the shop, it has a museum about the Indigenous communities and its cultural creation with special emphasis on the crafts. Here you can have an idea of the diversity, long history and huge cultural heritage of the Costa Rican Indigenous people. You will also receive information to visit each one of the Indigenous territories.
Located: 1st St., 10-12th Ave., San Jose
- Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sundays open to groups with previous reservation.
Tel: (506) 2221-0145 or (506) 8930-1371
The Insect Museum’s main objective is to inform the public about the country’s biodiversity as well as show the importance and benefits that insects offer the environment. There is an exhibition room which displays insect samples with information cards and guided tours. Located on the lower level of the School of Musical Arts, University of Costa Rica, Rodrigo Facio University Square, San Pedro de Montes de Oca.
- Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tel: (506) 2207-5647
Sister Maria Romero Museum
Featuring plastic art from 19th century artists to present-day, this museum stimulates critical thinking around national plastic art within an international context. It is located within the old international airport built in 1940. Located at Paseo Colon, 42nd Street, La Sabana Metropolitan Park.
- Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.
Tel: (506) 2222-7155
La Salle Natural Science Museum
This museum has more than 70,000 items on display in areas such as paleontology, geology, malacology (some 14,000 samples), invertebrates (a unique butterfly collection with 8,400 samples), fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals. A visit to this museum is worth the trip. Located at the entrance of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Sabana South.
- Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tel: (506) 2232-1306
Jewish Community Museum of Costa Rica
This museum offers a walk through history within the Jewish community in the country. You can learn about their migratory journey to America, the Holocaust, their religious traditions and artifacts, among other exhibitions. Located at the Israeli Zionist Center, adjoining the National Water and Sewer building, in Pavas.
- Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Except Wednesday from 2-6 p.m.
- Also by appointment
Tel: (506) 2520-1013
Center of Culture and Technology - ICE Group
The goal of the Center of Culture and Technology is to inform the public about the history and evolution of electricity and telecommunications services, highlighting the contributions of ICE in the technological and socio-economic development of the country. Located four blocks north of ICE’s Central Offices in Sabana North.
- Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tel: (506) 2000-6454 or (506) 2000-6497
Santa Ana Agricultural Technology History Museum
The Agricultural History Museum includes the mansion, the mill, the coffee processing plant and the exhibition room. The tour takes visitors back to the end of the 19th century, with coffee storage bins, levers and agricultural machinery of the time. The exhibition illustrates the history and historical importance of agriculture in the Central Valley. Located two blocks north of the Santa Ana Institute (Liceo de Santa Ana) on Ross Street.
- Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tel: (506) 2233-6701 or (506) 2256-0012
Museum of Popular Culture
The Museum of Popular Culture deals with present day traditions. It researches, recovers, preserves and communicates the traditions of present-day Costa Rican popular culture in the Central Valley in a traditional building. Located on Santa Lucia de Barva, Heredia. One block north of Musmani, six blocks east.
- Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tel: (506) 2277-3834
Juan Santamaria Museum of Cultural History
The museum’s collections relate historical aspects of the Central American war waged against the filibuster invaders between 1856-1857. Visitors can see oils, portraits, documents, weapons and various objects linked to this heroic exploit. Located on 3rd Avenue, 2nd Street and central (one block north of Central Park), Alajuela.
- tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Close Monday
Tel: (506) 2441-4775 or (506) 2442-1838
Jose Figueres Ferrer Cultural Center
The Jose Figueres Ferrer Cultural Center exhibits a small and interesting sample that includes information on the persona and political life of the national leader of the same name. The Center also has a large variety of cultural activities such as concerts, art expositions and educational courses, among others, all within a comfortable and apt space for all types of visitors. Located in San Ramon City in Alajuela, in front of the north side of the Catholic Church.
- Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.-19:00
- Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tel: (506) 2447-2178
San Ramon Historic Museum
This museum, attached to the University of Costa Rica, is found in the center of San Ramon in the province of Alajuela. It seeks to strengthen the local identity through conservation, dissemination and study of the San Ramon Cultural Heritage. This place has various art and history exhibition halls and a reading nook, among others.
- Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tel: (506) 2447-7137
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San Jose de Orosi’s Religious Art Museum and Museum of Native Cultures
The museum is in the old Franciscan monk monastery dating back to 1743. Here you can find paintings, a tomb, religious objects and images from the Colonial period. The monastery is still used for special occasions and offers a beautiful panoramic look at the history of Catholicism in the Orosi valley. Located next to Orosi Church, Paraiso de Cartago.
- Monday to Saturdayfrom 1- 5 p.m.
Tel: (506) 2533-3051
Omar Salazar Obando Regional Museum
The rooms of this museum look to preserve the native roots of the area by means of an archeological display, which shows the way of life of the first inhabitants of Turrialba, as well as information about the Guayabo National Monument. Also on display are ceramic and lithic figures including scrapers, chisels, knives, etc. Located at University of Costa Rica in Turrialba
- Mondays to Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1-4:30 p.m. & 13:00- 16:30. Free admission.
Tel: (506) 2558-3615
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