Museo Nacional de Costa Rica
Plaza de la Democracia
Immediately west of the national museum is the stark Plaza de la Democracia, which was constructed by President Oscar Arias in 1989 to...
Museo de Jade
Reopened in its brand-new home in mid-2014, this museum houses the world’s largest collection of American jade (pronounced ‘ha -day’ in...
Teatro La Máscara
Dance performances as well as repertory theater.
A taxidermied bull’s head (and some pretenders) greet you at this country restaurant, where the theme is Costa Rican spit and sawdust....
Calle 17 btwn Avs Central & 2 · interesting places nearby
Museo Nacional de Costa Rica information
The Museo Nacional is located inside the old Bellavista Fortress, which served as the old army headquarters and saw fierce fighting (hence the pockmarks) in the 1948 civil war. It was here that President José Figueres Ferrer announced, in 1949, that he was abolishing the country’s military.
The museum provides a quick survey of Costa Rican history, with exhibits of pre-Columbian pieces from ongoing digs, as well as artifacts from the colony and the early republic. Among the many notable pieces is the fountain pen that Figueres used to sign the 1949 constitution. Don’t miss the period galleries in the northeast corner, which feature turn-of-the-20th-century furnishings and decor from when these rooms served as the private residences of the fort’s various commanders.