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San Jose Sights

Centro Nacional de la Cultura (National Cultural Center)

  • C. 13, Avdas. 3–5 Map It
  • Barrio Otoya
  • Arts/Performance Venue

Updated 04/10/2014

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Rather than tear it down, the Ministry of Culture converted the sloped-surface, double-block 1853 Fábrica Nacional de Licores (National Liquor Factory) into this 14,000-square-meter cultural center, with government offices, two theaters, and a museum. It might seem strange that the liquor factory was state-run, but the government here also owns the light and water utility, phone company, Internet service provider, bank, insurance, and hospital. The National Liquor Factory was housed here until 1981, when it moved to a modern facility in the Central Valley. The stone-block storage depot next to the water towers at the southeast side of the complex became the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo. A stone gate and sundial grace the entrance nearest the museum. The complex sits amid government offices, at the point where downtown's northern reaches fade into the more residential neighborhood of Barrio Otoya.

Teatro FANAL. The metal Teatro FANAL hosts frequent theater and

music performances. 2222–2974.

Teatro 1887. The clay-brick theater dedicates itself to performances by the National Dance Company. What is now the theater's lobby was once a chemical testing lab. 2222–2974.

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C. 13, Avdas. 3–5, San José, 10101, Costa Rica

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  • Weekdays 8–5, Sat. 10–5

Updated 04/10/2014


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