About the Museums of the Central Bank

 

The Museums of the Central Bank of Costa Rica oversee, preserve, study, and disseminate knowledge on the Archaeology, Visual Arts and Numsmatics collections of the Central Bank of Costa Rica. The Museums offer visitors a variety of permanent exhibitions and a dynamic program of temporary exhibits relating to their heritage objects, housed in an extraordinary building located in the heart of San José.

Our Mission

We seek to foster public reflection on Costa Rican identity and cultural heritage by managing, acquiring, conserving, researching and disseminating the archaeological, numismatic, artistic and architectural heritage of the Central Bank of Costa Rica.

Our Vision

We strive to be Costa Rica’s leading museum in providing public reflection on Costa Rican identity and cultural heritage.

Our History

The Museums of the Central Bank of Costa Rica were created on May 11, 1950, following the suggestion of Ángel Coronas, General Manager of the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR as per the acronym in Spanish), under the name of Museo Histórico y Numismático (Historical and Numismatic Museum). It was renamed Museo Arqueológico y Numismático (Archaeological and Numismatic Museum) a month later.

The BCCR began to amass its archaeological, numismatic and visual arts collections in the 1950s, and continued to do so as it undertook a process of recording and cataloging in the next decades.

The Gold Museum, located on the eighth floor of the new Central Bank building, was inaugurated on October 12, 1966. The first visual arts exhibition took place in 1970. The Numismatic Museum was inaugurated in 1990, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Central Bank. The collections were moved to the new Plaza de la Cultura building in 1982, which began to be known as Museos del Banco Central de Costa Rica (Museums of the Central Bank of Costa Rica, or MBCCR as per the acronym in Spanish).

Law N° 7393 gave birth to the Foundation in charge of managing the MBCCR on November 10,1993. This institution is responsible of fulfilling the main objectives of these museums.

Our Building

The Plaza de la Cultura building is a milestone of 20th century Costa Rican architecture history, and a landmark in the city of San José. Conceived in 1978, it only became a reality in 1982. Its creation was driven by three core objectives: To offset the cultural and architectural significance of the National Theater, to allow Costa Ricans to become acquainted with their legacy by providing a space for the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and to offer passers-by in the capital city a venue for their pleasure and recreation.

The Museums of the Central Bank are located under Plaza de la Cultura. Open to the general public every day from 9:15 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is 2,000 Colones for citizens and residents, and 5,500 Colones for foreigners. Admission is free on Wednesdays. Admission is 2-for-1 on Sundays for citizens and residents with Costa Rican I.D. Admission is free for children under 12, students wearing their uniform or with school I.D. and retired citizens.

For more information, please write [email protected] / or call 2243-4202