Museo Nacional de Costa Rica

Find the answer to the most frequent questions made to the National Museum.

Where is the National Museum of Costa Rica?

The museum is in San Jose, capital of this country. It is located in the area known as Cuesta de Moras, in the former Bellavista Headquarters, between Central and Second Avenues and to the east of Plaza de la Democracia. Its main entrance is on 17 th Street. Administration offices are in the same building.

What's the admission price?

Costa Rican adults pay ¢1.000. For national students and senior adults with valid ID and children under 12, admission is free.

All nationals go in for free on Wednesdays.

Foreigners pay $6, but foreign students with valid ID pay $3.

What's the museum's schedule?

Exhibitions are open from Tuesdays to Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Sundays, they are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Mondays, it is closed because it is maintenance day.

Administration offices are open from Monday to Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Are there any books about the museum in Spanish or English?

Yes, currently there is one book in English about the museum called “National Museum of Costa Rica, over one hundred years of history.” It is sold at the ticket booth. There are no books about the museum for sale in Spanish at the moment, but there is information in the institution's library located in the Bellavista Headquarters also.

Are there any brochures about the National Museum?

Yes, there are brochures in Spanish and English about the museum and its exhibitions. There are also booklets in Spanish about other topics, such as the manufacturing of objects in pre-Columbian societies, dance in Colonial Costa Rica, and medicine plants.

Is there a shop at the museum?

No, there is no shop now in the museum. However, there are books and magazines about history of Costa Rica and biodiversity for sale at the ticket booth. There are also post cards of the museum.

Is there a coffee shop?

No, the National Museum has no coffee shop or restaurant. However, in the surroundings there are several options for visitors, especially on the boulevard on 17 th Street, on the Central Avenue and the Second Avenue.

Is there any exhibition about religious manifestations?

Not at the moment. The exhibition that displayed the collection of religious art was dismantled to set a new exhibition instead.

Is the exhibition “From headquarters to museum” open?

No, this exhibition is closed due to special reasons.

What's the schedule for the museum's library?

From Tuesday to Friday, non-stop from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Who can use the library services?

Primary, high-school, and university students, researchers, and the general public interested in the topics offered by this library.

What are the requirements to use the library?

You should fill in the loan slip and show a personal identification.

Do I have to pay the admission in order to use the library?

No. Using the library is a free service, but you should let them know at the ticket booth that you are entering the museum in order to use the library.

What kind of loans does the library allow?

Only in-room loans.

Can the database of the library be consulted on the Internet?

Yes, you can access the following direction:

Choose the option: Museo Nacional de Costa Rica (MN-CR).

In here, you can search directly by author, title or topic.

How can I hold an inter-library loan?

You must submit a letter of request written by the information unit or library interested with the reference to the requested material. It should be signed by the responsible librarian.

Are any books sold at the museum's library?

No, they are lent for in-room use only. 

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