Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum, Alajuela

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Celebrating the life of a young soldier who gave his life for his country, Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum invites you to learn about the history of the brave hero as well as the country itself. The musem is housed inside a garrison (an army base), which ceased to exist in 1949, after the president disbanded the army. It hosts both permanent and temporary artworks from local artists including paintings, sculptures, and etchings. Also find depictions of fierce battles, old weaponry, and army uniforms. Take children to the kids play area where puzzles and memory-based games help youth learn about the local history. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Alajuela fast, fun, and easy.
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  • The historical culture museum carries one through the steps of Costa Rican political leadership development. The building is also a piece of history in itself. A walk on the roof level reveals a view....  more »
  • Walking through the doors evokes the history of CR, and the rooms are filled with more history of the country that helped me deepen my appreciation for Costa Rica beyond eco-tourism.  more »
  • This was a great free museum in a nice space. Lots of historical information, enough English descriptions for visitors with limited Spanish to understand exhibits. There was a fantastic art exhibit upstairs when we were there.
  • More friendly faces - the wardens were keen to unlock the door to the roof top, letting us slowly walk the perimeter to take in the sights, sounds and smells of Alajuela. The exhibits are well presented and clearly show how war had its place in their history.
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