Three Museums in One Tour
This new experience invites you to discover the commonalities between the heritage objects in three museums in San José: the Museums of the Central Bank of Costa Rica, the National Museum of Costa Rica, and the Jade and Pre-Columbian Culture Museum. An exhibition route focusing on common core themes will be created, based on the endeavors all three museums have in common.
The 1st edition of Paseo de los Museos (Museum Walk ) allow participants to discover the sounds of pre-Columbian communities that inhabited what is now known as Costa Rica. All three museums are preparing exhibits that study the origin, purpose, and morphology of pre-Hispanic music instruments, to be titled Ecos ancestrales (Ancestral Echoes).
This theme launched Paseo de los Museos (Museum Walk), which began this May with the exhibition La metáfora de los sonidos (The Metaphor of Sound), by the Museums of the Central Bank of Costa Rica. This exhibit stems from research on the individual and collective socio-cultural perception of music and sound, significant to human beings in the cultural and psycho-social spheres from pre-Columbian times up until the present.
The National Museum of Costa Rica inaugurated its Música y ritos en bahía Garza (Music and Rituals in Bahía Garza ) exhibition in June. It displays several objects recovered in the “Rempujo”archaeological site, a musician’s cemetery located in the province of Guanacaste, where more than 100 ocarinas were found. This educational exhibition has been designed to acquaint the public with musical instruments over 1,700 years old, and to enjoy a performance where pre-Columbian songs are renacted and played. This exhibition will mark the beginning of the International Music Day celebration.
Finally, the Jade and Pre-Columbian Culture Museum will dedicate a space among its permanent exhibits to the Los instrumentos musicales y las celebraciones (Musical Instruments and Celebrations) exhibition. This musical instrument exhibit will include rattles, maracas, drums, ocarinas, flutes, and jade plates that serve as evidence of pre-Columbian ancestral group celebrations, ceremonies and recreational activities in Costa Rica.
Related with the exhibition, public could participate in guided tours of the Museum Walk, as well as a comprehensive program of inter-institutional activities, including lectures, group discussions, concerts, and workshops.