Quality Hotel Real San Jose
Autopista Prospero Fernandez
San Jose, 00000
Phone: (506) 22 046700
Fax: (506) 22 046800
Arts & Museums
This museum exhibits more than 50,000 insects and arthropods. It is the first step towards the creation of the Bioplanet Biodiversity Institute. This permanent exhibit is part of the collection that biologist Richard Whittem has accumulated throughout the past 30 years. When beginning the journey, you can enjoy a video about insects and arthropods in natural Costa Rican sceneries. The second part features a visit to the museum halls that display colorful ants, termites, ladybugs, beetles, grasshoppers, fireflies and spiders from every corner of the world. This museum offers both English and Spanish tours. Admission is CRC4,500.
This is a museum founded in 1974 to honor Costa Rica's national hero, Juan Santamaria, who lost his life defending Costa Rica against William Walker when the American invaded Costa Rica with an army of "Filibusters" in 1856 in hopes of setting up the country as a slave state. If you want to learn more about this part of Costa Rica's history, this museum is the place to visit. See weapons and read battle stories. Admission is free.
One of the main attractions of this museum is its butterfly collection, which gives an idea of the impressive variety to be found in Costa Rica. There are also examples of many other species, and travelers who plan a vacation in the countryside should come here to familiarize themselves with the fauna of the tropics. Exhibitions on archaeology and paleontology are also on display here.
When you visit Heredia, bear in mind that the Casa de la Cultura, or "Culture House," is open to the public and often features interesting exhibitions, usually artistic or historical. It is located in the Parque Central of Heredia, where you can admire the colonial buildings. This is a good place to ask about what you should do while you are staying in the area because the staff knows a great deal about the region's history. The opening hours are flexible, as cultural events also take place in the evenings.
This museum (called "el MAC") is committed to preserving the national arts heritage of Costa Rica. It holds two separate collections, one of Costa Rican art and another for foreign art works. The national collection includes approximately 2,575 pieces, including sculptures, paintings and woodcarvings. Only about half the collection shows at any given time. Additionally, El Salon Dorado (Gold Room) is used to present concerts and conferences. The Alternative Space section was recently inaugurated for temporary exhibitions. Contact the museum for current exhibits and upcoming concerts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr.Vargas is an expert in making reproductions of master works of the renaissance. Additionally, he also paints nudes, especially of young men. He has won a number of international prizes for his work. The gallery is located in Heredia, a short distance from the capital city, and there is plenty to do here apart from visiting the city, so you can spend the whole day.