Costa Rican Museum of Art
An impressive 6,000 works of painting, sculpture and photography from the 19th century to the present day
For art lovers with an aviation-geek twist
Perhaps Costa Rica's most important art museum, on the eastern edge of La Sabana Park, it's home to more than 6,000 paintings, sculptures, and photographs by the most important national artists of Costa Rica since the 19th century, as well as a selection of international artsts. The building in which they're housed has a fairly intriguing history of its own; built in neocolonial style in 1940, it served as Costa Rica's first international airport until 1955, then was restored and repurposed in 1978. Don't miss the spectacular mural in the Gold Room, or the sculpture garden inaugurated in 2003 to showcase national sculptors.