Although excursions every weekend are action-packed and hitting the party scene is entertaining, it’s nice to take a moment to appreciate a culture’s opulent and exhilarating history. Here in San Jose, Costa Rica, Museo Histórico Dr. Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia is just the place to do that.
Dr. Calderón Guardia was president of Costa Rica from 1940-1944, during his four year period in office he was able to enact several social reforms that have significantly shaped the Costa Rica we now know. It is due to these social reforms that there is a museum in his memory. This museum was created in 1991 with the mission to recover, preserve and publicize the transcendent history of life and work of Dr. Calderón Guardia, maintaining his memory, his importance, and his social legacy in the hearts of the Costa Rican community.
At this petite yet informative museum, not only are you able to learn about Dr. Calderón Guardia, you are also invited to enjoy a spectacular art exhibition as well. The art exhibition portion of the museum changes monthly, so you never know what you’ll get until you arrive. Exhibitions include anything from paintings, cinematography, photography and so much more.
It is strongly recommend that those interested in history and culture take a moment to visit this wonderful and free museum. Tour guides can be requested (and I recommend it) or you can roam through the museum on your own. The museum takes an hour, at most, to explore. Also, it is only a $2 taxi ride from Universidad Veritas to this delightful museum where you can enjoy a portion of Costa Rican history.