The Museum of Costa Rican Art
The Museo de Arte Costarricense can be found in Sabana Park along with the National Stadium, and it is on the grounds of the original international airport of Costa Rica.
The first international airport of San Jose, Costa Rica has closed, but the Museum of Costa Rican Art has taken its place with one of the most prominent art collections in all of Costa Rica. The control tower still makes an impression from Museo de Arte Costarricense in Sabana Park, and so do the temporary and permanent galleries. The galleries and artwork are both indoor and outdoor at this museum, and feature sculptures, paintings, engravings, drawings, photographs and videos.
One of the most impressive pieces in the Costa Rican Art Museum is the bronze-plate bas-relief mural by French sculptor Louis Feron which depicts a particular period in Costa Rica’s history. This part of the museum is on the top floor in the Gold Salon (Salón Dorado), and the mural features some of the history of Costa Rica that can be considered both pre-Columbian, colonial and after the colonization period. The mural lines the walls of the Gold Salon, and is certainly a highlight of the museum.
Other pieces to look out for at Museo de Arte Costarricense include the 22 foot tall Imagen Cósmica by Jorge Jiménez which is an homage to pre-Columbian life, and the temporary art galleries often showcase some of the established or up-and-coming artists of Costa Rica. There are also various events held by the Costa Rican Art Museum throughout the year, and workshops and tours can be scheduled through the museum, also.
The Museum of Costa Rican Art is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon. Admission is $5 for most and $3 for students. Guided tours will cost a little bit more, but the information provided is worth the price. Sabana Park is a large park near the downtown area of San Jose, and the large national stadium can also be found in the park.
Location: Sabana Park, San Jose, Costa Rica
Hours: 9am-4pm Tue-Sun
Price: $5.00 (Students are $3.00 with ID)
Galleries: Temporary and Permanent Art Collections