The Museo Postal, Telegráfico y Filatélico in Costa Rica displays some of the correspondence items that have passed through the post, especially stamps, over the years.
The Postal, Telegraphic and Philatelic Museum is located in Barrio La Merced, and it is housed in the main post office of the city of San Jose. The galleries of this humble museum display stamps from Costa Rica that are among some of the oldest of the country, and there are telephones from the 20th century along with other early telegraphic and correspondence devices.
The original building where the Museo Postal, Telegráfico y Filatélico is found was first built in 1917, and is distinguishable by its green façade and Corinthian pillars. The rare stamps of the museum include one that commemorates then President John F. Kennedy’s visit in 1963. There are also photos and early postcards to be found in the three rooms of the museum in San Jose.
The inexpensive price of admission includes a postcard which you can mail home, and the Postal, Telegraphic and Philatelic Museum also hosts a monthly stamp exchange for collectors. The museum was established in 1985, and you might want to stop in if planning to send some letters back home considering its location.
Museo Postal, Telegráfico y Filatélico is open from 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon Monday to Friday, and the price of admission is fifty cents.
Location: Main Post Office, Barrio La Merced, San Jose
Hours: 8am-5pm Mon-Fri
Galleries: Stamps, Telegraphic Equipment, Telephones