Costa Rica – San Jose Art Galleries, Museums and Art Collections

Costa Rica – San Jose Art Galleries, Museums and Art Collections

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Costa Rica is best known for its natural splendors, but its rich cultural heritage is also an undeniable attraction. San Jose is the center of the country’s artistic life with enough museums and art galleries to keep even the most aesthetic visitor amused.

Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporarea (The National Gallery of Contemporary Art and Design) is set in a 19th century rum factory. It houses art galleries with displays ranging from graphic art and posters to post-modern paintings and installations. There are also libraries of rare and antiquated books, and theatres for the performing arts. The museum also presents a shifting array of temporary touring exhibits by Costa Rican and Central American artists. Admission is 600 colones, located at Avendida 3, telephone 506-2257-7202. www.mcjdcr.go.cr

Museo de Arte Costarricense (The Museum of Costa Rican Art) is in an art deco building at Sabana Park. This huge green space was once an airport, now in addition to the museum, it has myriad attractions including a stocked fishing lake, the Estadio Nacional, where soccer is played, and outdoor amusements like a treetop zip line. The museum has a collection of national art from the past 200 years. The work ranges from colonial portraits, folk art, to post-modern art. On the second floor is The Golden Room with a wrap-around mural depicting the nation’s history in a warmly hued sculpted mural. When it was unveiled in 1940 this room was the V.I.P. departure lounge when Sabana Park was San Jose’s only airport. Outside in the back of the building is a sculpture garden. Admission is free, Telephone 506-2222-7155. www.musarco.go.cr

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The Museo Nacional (National Museum) is housed in the old military fort, still perforated by bullets fired during the 1948 revolution. Here cultural history beginning in Pre-Columbian to modern times is exhibited chronologically. Included is a display of Costa Rica’s mysterious pre-historic stone globes. They may have been used as boundary markers, or may have represented proprietorship. Some of the larger specimens are outside in the courtyard. Telephone 506-2257-1433. Admission is $4. Located at Calle 17 at Avendidas Central. www.museucostarica.go.cr

At the Museo de Oro PreColumbino Y Numismatica (National Museum of Pre-Columbian Gold, Money and Stamps) you can see displays of some of Costa Rica’s most glittering and valuable objects. In the bottom level is the Pre-Columbian Museum. Included are pre-Columbian gold objects, most are sculpted depictions of the wildlife held sacred by Costa Rica’s earliest people. I enjoyed trying on the “head-dress of a very important person” from ancient indigenous cultures.

Nature themes continue in the other museums in this building: the stamps, coins and paper money of Costa Rica have always featured the country’s animal and plant life as national symbols. Two thousand colones bills, printed on the Heidelberg Press displayed in the lobby are still in circulation.

Visit this Triple Musem

This triple museum is located behind and underneath the Teatro Nacional, which is hailed as the nation’s most exquisite example of colonial architecture. The building is on par with the world’s great neo-classical buildings. It was funded by the coffee kings and opened in 1897. The exterior façade is topped with dramatic statues. The gilded lobby is worth a visit to look at the paintings and sculpture with theatrical themes. Included are statue portraits of Pedro Carderon de la Barco, the Spanish classical playwright, as well as Ludwig van Beethoven. It is located at Plaza de la Cultura, Avendida 2 Calles 3-5, and telephone 506-2221-9417. Museo de Oro PreColumbino Y Numismatica, telephone 506-2243-4202, admission is $2. www.museosdelbancocentral.org

On the 11th floor of the National Insurance Building is the Museo de Jade (Jade Museum) with art works crafted from precious gemstones. Jade sculpture and jewelry dates from the 5th century B.C. The Jade Museum is at Avendida 7 at Calle 9, telephone 506-2287-6034. Admission of $7 is worth it just for the high-rise view.

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