Art Galleries Walk in San Jose, San Jose (Self Guided)

The art scene in San Jose has always been fascinating, and there are some remarkable art galleries that are a testimony to Costa Rica’s art legacy. Centers of art such as the Centro Nacional de Arte y Cultura constitute some of the most prominent artistic landmarks in San Jose. This walking tour will familiarise you with Costa Rican Art in San Jose.
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Art Galleries Walk in San Jose Map

Guide Name: Art Galleries Walk in San Jose
Guide Location: Costa Rica » San Jose (See other walking tours in San Jose)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: john
Jacob Karpio Galería

1) Jacob Karpio Galería

The Jacob Karpio Galería is an art gallery in San Jose, known for its adventurous modern art exhibitions. On display here are works by Mexican, Argentinian, and Cuban artists as well as by local ones. A much respected art gallery known for the variety of its art.
Centro Nacional de la Cultura (CENAC)

2) Centro Nacional de la Cultura (CENAC) (must see)

This National Center for Arts and Culture is one of the most impressive venues in town. It takes up a whole city block and is crammed full of wonderful things to see. It is located in the building that used to house the National Liquor Factory of San Jose, Costa Rica. Now, as well as housing several performing arts centers and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, it also acts as the offices for the Cultural Ministry of the country.

This museum houses some of the finest contemporary art from the best of Costa Rican artists. Yet, some of the permanent collection includes the works of Jose Cuevas and Oswaldo Guayasamin from Equador, so you will not just find the art of the country here.

The Centro Nacional de Arte y Cultura is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Seniors and children under the age of 11 can get in for free. It will be a hard deal to beat, as you will be able to spend hours here learning about the art and culture of this exotic Central American country.

Check what the museum is showing before you go, as expositions change frequently, but you will hardly regret it since this is by far one of the museums that you should know if you are in San José.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 9:30am-5pm
Galeria Roberto Lizano

3) Galeria Roberto Lizano

Galeria Roberto Lizano is yet another modern art gallery in San Jose. Here, you can see Costa Rican at its best and get an insight into Costa Rican culture as well.
Galeria Andromeda

4) Galeria Andromeda

Galeria Andromeda is a small but trendy art gallery in San Jose that displays contemporary local artworks. Here, paintings and prints from national artists are available for purchase at affordable costs. If you are looking for an interesting place to visit and see some local artwork, as well as to purchase some unique items for your home, this gallery is worth a visit.

Operation Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 7 pm; Saturday: 12 pm - 6 pm;
Galeria Ocelote

5) Galeria Ocelote

The Galeria Ocelote (The Ocelote Art Gallery) plays a key role in the cultural life of San Jose. It strongly promotes the graphic arts and original Latin American handicrafts. Here they exhibit works by prestigious artists from Costa Rica as well as textile designs printed by the Ocelote Workshop.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 6 pm;
Galeria de Arte Amir

6) Galeria de Arte Amir

The Galeria de Arte Amir (The Amir Art Gallery) is a famous art gallery among tourists, located in the center of the city. It was first opened to the public in 1988, and since then has been the main spot for buying the best quality in paintings, sculptures and frames. Art exhibitions take place regularly.

Operation Hours: Monday - Friday: 8.30 am - 6.30; Saturday: 9 am - 6 pm;
Galeria Joaquín García Monge

7) Galeria Joaquín García Monge

Galeria Joaquín García Monge is a modern art gallery that belongs to the National Theater. On display here are many contemporary art works, notably graphic art. Exhibitions by national and international artists take place regularly.
Arte Latino

8) Arte Latino

The Arte Latino is a contemporary art gallery in San Jose, where you can admire paintings by Costa Rican and Nicaraguan artists. All the works exhibited here are original artworks, and it might be one of the only places where you can purchase authentic Central American artworks at affordable rates.

Walking Tours in San Jose, Costa Rica

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Paseo Colon Tour in San Jose

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Barrio Amon Tour in San Jose

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Children's Entertainment Tour in San Jose

Children's Entertainment Tour in San Jose

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Historic Architecture Tour in San Jose

Historic Architecture Tour in San Jose

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Shopping Tour in San Jose

Shopping Tour in San Jose

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in San Jose for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best San Jose has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as San Jose, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.