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Dr. Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia Museum

In just four years, Calderón changed Costa Rica significantly, and here's how

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Dr. Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia Museum

Dedicated to an influential, beloved past president

In the Escalante neighbourhood just east of downtown, this museum focuses on a president, Rafael Calderón, who is especially beloved and influential in Costa Rican history thanks in part to the social reforms during his 1940-44 term which boosted the people's quality of life considerably (such as establishing a minimum wage, trade unions, and a social security system) as well as promoting a diverse political system capable of giving voice to viewpoints that ranged from Christian Democratic to communist. Considered a National Monument, exhibits include numerous personal effects as well as documents such as the constitutional act which named Calderón president. It's open daily except Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm.



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