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Just like the variety of animal species and flower types, Costa Rica has just as much to offer in terms of learning about its history and culture in museums. The tropical country is known for its dedication to educating its public. It has a 100 percent literacy rate and one of the best school systems in Latin America. So it comes as no surprise that its museums are of high quality and provide a great amount of information in all forms: paintings, artifacts and sculptures. A large number of the museums are located in the Central Valley and near San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, which makes a day spent zipping from one museum to the next simple using a taxi or bus.

A former city jail was transformed into the El Museo de los Niños (The Children's Museum) in a symbolic attempt to forget about the horrible past and build a better foundation for the future. This museum focuses on the time-line of technology and all is improvements throughout the years.

To get in touch with the history of the country you are visiting, take some time to check out El Museo Nacional De Costa Rica (The National Museum of Costa Rica), which was formally the location of the abolished army. It holds special expositions along with their permanent displays in a 1917 historical building filled with pieces of the country's past.

Other notable museums include the El Museo de Oro Pre-Colombino (The Museum of Pre-Columbian Gold), which is filled with jewelry crafted from Colombian gold preserved since the 500s. Then there is the El Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle (The La Salle Natural Sciences Museum) that showcases the nature and species of the country, which has gained a reputation for its biological and geographical diversity. If you are interested in the darker side of Costa Rica, the Museum of Criminology gives you a peak into the lives of criminals and methods to obtain evidence in the country.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Costa Rica: Gay Manuel Antonio, Literature, Culture and Art In Costa Rica.

By Allison Carlton

I am. a traveling bard. a word warrior. who is. pursuing a search. a mission. an adventure. a quest. a voyage. a journey....

15 Oct 2010

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