Central Valley Sights

Museo de Cultura Popular (Museum of Popular Culture)

Published 06/18/2015

Fodor's Review

At the edge of a middle-class neighborhood between Heredia and Barva, this museum is housed in a farmhouse with a large veranda built in 1885 using an adobe-like technique called bahareque. Run by the National University, the museum is furnished with antiques and surrounded by a garden and a small coffee farm. Just walking around the museum is instructive, but calling ahead to reserve a hands-on cultural tour (such as one on tortilla making) really makes it worth the trip. An open-air restaurant serves bread baked in a clay oven, and fresh tortillas and tamales.

Sight Information


From Musmanni bakery in Santa Lucía de Barva, go 100 m north, then turn right for 1 km (½ mile); follow signs, Heredia, 40201, Costa Rica



Sight Details:

  • $2
  • Sun. 10–5, Mon.–Sat. by appointment

Published 06/18/2015


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