Housed since 1950 in a former military barracks, some fascinating insight into this land dating back to pre-Columbian times

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Costa Rica National Museum

A fascinating look at the country's life and times through the ages

If you're interested in learning about the history of Costa Rica, this well done museum in the former Bellavista Barracks on Avenidas 1 and 2 at the east end of downtown is a must. Its permanent collections include artifacts from pre-Columbian history and continue through the colonial and republican periods. Displays include a recreation of a typical abode during the era of Spanish rule; a room focussing on the pre-Columbian peoples who worked in gold; and also quite a bit on flora, fauna, fossils, and minerals.

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