The Museo Regional de la Provincia de Limón sits in a building built at the turn of the twentieth century and has been declared an architectural and historical heritage.
The Regional Heritage Museum of Limon is an ethno historical museum that documents the various groups of people that have found their way into the land over the years. The Province has seen people of both African and Chinese decent brought to the province to work on the railroad who, along with indigenous and Spanish influences, have taken to make a colorful mixture of cultures and traditions.
The temporary galleries of the Museo Regional de la Provincia de Limón display artwork by people from Limón, and the building itself is a testament to earlier times. The Posts and Telegraphs Heritage Building was built in the early part of the 20th century when banana plantations and the railroad were booming industries in the province. The Regional Museum of Limon and the Heritage building are located near the central market, and make for duel opportunities to experience and learn about the culture of this ethnically rich Caribbean city and province.
The Regional Museum of Limon is open Monday to Friday from 9 in the morning until 12 in the afternoon when museum curators break for one hour for lunch. The museum reopens from 1 in the afternoon until 4 pm. The entrance is free of charge, and the museum has multipurpose rooms that are used for meetings, events and during festivals.
The province of Limon was built on the backs laborers who mostly came from Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Afro-Caribbean workers who built the banana plantations and worked the railroad were brought in much larger numbers into the region by Henry Meiggs Keith and his nephew Minor Cooper Keith who made two impromptu migrations of Afro-Caribbean workers to the area for the railroad and later the banana plantations. The Museo Regional de la Provincia de Limón has various information regarding this period of Limon’s history as well as the landing of Christopher Colombus in 1502.
Location: Posts and Telegraphs Heritage Building, Limón, Costa Rica
Hours: 9 am-12 pm 1 pm-4 pm Mon-Fri
Galleries: Temporary Exhibition Hall, Multipurpose Rooms