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Arts & Museums
Here, you will find many paintings by Costa Rican and Nicaraguan artists, all original artworks. This gallery has two additional shops: one is located in the Multiplaza Mall in Escazu, and the other is located in the Mall Cariari, which across the street from the Hotel Herradura. This is a unique gallery where you can purchase authentic Central American artworks at affordable rates.
This museum contains contemporary national and international art pieces, with emphasis in experimental works and new techniques. It offers temporary exhibits, installations and industrial designs from all over the world, especially some of the young emerging artists. The museum is located within the complex that houses the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports offices, as well as a couple of theaters and other cultural facilities. Admission is free on Mondays.
Here you can come and learn about Costa Rica's past, from pre-Colonial days up to the recent past. Exhibitions of geology are also on show. As usual in Central America, the pre-Columbian artifacts steal the show, with their marvelous carvings and masterful depictions of indigenous mythology and religion. The actual building in which the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica (National Museum of Costa Rica) is housed is quite interesting in itself; it is a former military building, and retains a feel of barracks.
The main feature of this museum is the collection of jade objects, crafted through different techniques by the native Costa Rican indigenous people. The collection was acquired by the National Institute of Insurance in 1973. The museum also exhibits pottery and metal works from the same time span. The museum offers guided visits in English and Spanish, in which the guides explain the importance, precedence and symbols on the pieces.
This is a small art gallery that features contemporary local artworks. Here, paintings and prints from national artists are displayed and are available for purchase at affordable costs. This art gallery also has a friendly and helpful staff who offers personalized service. If you are looking for an interesting place to visit to see some local artwork as well as to purchase some unique items for your home, this gallery is worth a visit.
A contemporary gallery with exhibitions of the work of Costa Rican artists. If you are interested in buying, or just dare to look, it is always interesting to see the national art of a country, as it reveals what makes the nation tick. Mr. Lizano, the owner of the gallery, is also an artist, and enjoys a considerable reputation as a painter. Very recommendable for those interested in art, and for those who want to have some insight into the culture of Costa Rica.
This museum is perfect for anyone with a morbid streak. The exhibits are intended to be a stern warning to anyone who might even think about committing a crime, with such grisly exhibits as severed limbs, so it is not exactly your typical tourist attraction. If you were the kind of child that liked horror movies, however, this might be just the place to come, even if you do not feel inspired to take photographs.
You will find the Ocelote Gallery just a few steps away from the Barcelo Amón Plaza Hotel. Created to promote the graphic arts and Latin American original handcrafts, they exhibit works by prestigious artists from Costa Rica as well as the textile designs printed by the Ocelote Workshop. Permanent exhibitions of well-known Costarrican artists including Raúl Aguilar, Fernando Carballo, Grupo Bocaracá and Carlos Vargas, as well as the sculptures of Leda Astorga and ceramics created by Ivette Guier, are held here. They also offer a variety of literature as well as fine, national and Latin American handicrafts.
This complex contains various sections that house different collections. The most visited is the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Additionally, they house the Numismatics Museum and other galleries for temporary exhibits. The Gold Museum displays a collection of gold pieces crafted under different techniques, and used by the Costa Rican indigenous natives. The building is located at the Plaza de la Cultura in downtown San Jose.
The Museo de la Filatelia is located in one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in downtown San José: the Edificio Central de Correos. This museum encourages children and young people to adopt collecting as a hobby to acquire discipline, observation, and an investigative spirit as well as to gain an interest in the history of the country and of the world. The museum features four rooms of permanent exhibitions where the stamps of Costa Rica, famous for their beauty, can be admired. However, their activities make it one of the most interactive museums around because they feature exchange sessions for collectors and fans, courses, and competitions to select the best stamps from private collections.
All families know that it can be difficult to travel with children when most activities for tourists are designed with adults in mind. This museum offers exhibits about children's culture and rights in Costa Rica, and also has exhibitions about science, music and geography, all planned for the younger visitor. This museum is recommended for those travelers with children up to 12 years of age.
Contemporary art is at the heart of TEOR/éTica. Here, many exhibitions which aim at encouraging young and versatile artists are organized; these include national as well as international participants. The collections exhibited here are not only creative but also proactive and thought provoking. In addition to exhibitions, the gallery plays host to many seminars, workshops and talks which revolve around the theme of art. A visit to TEOR/éTica is must when in the city because it is here that you can get a first-hand account of the country's talent in music, cinema and literature.