Costa Rican Art Museum

The building that houses the Costa Rican Art Museum is a work of art, which is worthwhile to admire; this is a building of neo-colonial style, which was built at the end of the 1930s and was the first international airport in Costa Rica. This museum leads the main activities related to the arts of Costa Rica; it gathers and displays works by national and international artists, this has more than 6,000 works in its collection which include painting, sculpture, photography and other national and international artists, dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century.

Costa Rican Art Museum

This museum is made up of the following sections:

Old Airport

The old airport is the headquarters of the Costa Rican Art Museum, this places was the old terminal of the first International Airport of Costa Rica, also known as La Sabana Airport. The property is neo-colonial architectural language that was used frequently during the first decades of the twentieth century, and was international terminal until 1955. After this date, the government gave it to the Costa Rican Art Museum, seeking its conservation. The Costa Rican Art Museum first opened on April 3, 1978, and in 1986 the building was declared a heritage of historical and architectural value. In 2009, the building was subjected to a partial restoration, which allowed to recover the heritage character of the property, as well as provide better use of exhibition spaces and more appropriate conservation conditions for collections; Control Tower and the west facade of the building was restored; returning to the property its financial splendor. The Costa Rican Art Museum has several exhibition spaces that allow visitors to build their journey according to their interests and enjoy every corner of the museum in a personal way.

The Golden Hall

Golden East room is the old diplomatic room in the first international airport, it is one of the artistic treasures that includes the Museum of Costa Rican art. Luis Féron Parizot (1901-1998) sculptor and Goldsmith French based in Costa Rica, was responsible for the creation of the mural which adorns the walls of the Golden Hall. The work of 1940, is a bas relief in stucco (plaster formula), carved and painted in bronze. In an area of 150 square meters, the mural synthesizes the history of Costa Rica since pre-Columbian times until the Decade of 1940.

The Sculptures Garden

It opened in 2003 in order to give the museum an area for the display of sculptures by Costa Rican artists. The Garden design was donated for the sculptor and architect Jorge Deredia, who also placed his handiwork "Cosmic Image". Subsequently they integrated other works of great value, so the experience to visit and see the works found there, can be really enjoyable.


The interior of the building has a number of exhibition halls and other spaces of great architectural value that let you enjoy all the beauties of this museum.

  • Central Nave
  • Galleries
  • Room XIV
  • Control tower

The Costa Rican Art Museum has several collections such as:

  1. National art
  2. International art
  3. Juan Manuel Sanchez

The Museum also conducts outreach programs through roadshows and exhibitions with international projection. These actions have allowed the museum to position itself in the middle of Costa Rica and abroad with an updated and contemporary vision.

  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Traveling exhibitions

You can also opt for guided tours, these are facilitated by staff of the Department of Education of Costa Rican Art Museum. The guides provide information about the exhibits selected works and artists. These visits must be requested and scheduled in advance.

Remember that admission to the museum is free, and it is located in Sabana east, next to the National Gymnasium, and can visit at the following times:

They are closed on Monday

Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00am. - 16:00pm.

Visit the Costa Rican Art Museum is an enriching experience where you can discover works of great aesthetic value and heritage that reflect different periods and artistic movements that have left their mark in the Costa Rican plastic art.

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