Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
4.5
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Since 1897, this elegant theater has been a source of pride.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • RednotTan
    Manchester, United Kingdom114 contributions
    A delight in the heart of San Jose
    Excellent guided tour of a lovely 19th century European style theatre in the heart of San Jose. Definitely do the guided tour, which is held hourly with alternate tours delivered in Spanish or English. Best value experience we found in the city.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 March 2023
  • Treacletart
    104 contributions
    Beautiful building and adjoining café
    Spent a lovely morning in the cafe and walking around the theater. I've seen some beautiful European Victorian era theaters but this has to be the most elaborate! Would love to visit when there's a performance. Staff are super friendly. This is a must see whilst in San Jose.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Ivy H
    3 contributions
    Must-do in Costa Rica
    Best tour we have ever had. Favorite thing we have done in Costa Rica. The cafe coffee and food were exceptional with quick and friendly service. The tour guides were outstanding and so enjoyable. I’m usually glancing at my watch toward the end of a tour but I was mesmerized and fully immersed the entire time. Bravo!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 April 2023
  • Kim G
    Pacific Grove, California3,187 contributions
    Gorgeous Architectural Details
    Built with funds derived from a tax on coffee & completed in 1897, this historical & lovely piece of architecture stands as the Icon of San Jose. We visited during the presidential inauguration festivities to discover stunning florals adorning the already gorgeous interior lobby. Statuary, paintings, gold leaf adorned walls & pediments, the details are intricate & beautiful. Definitely worth a visit!
    Visited May 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 April 2023
  • Isaac L
    Indiana76 contributions
    Not just for theater kids
    I was a little skeptical that this was a must-see, but the guides add so much to the experience. It’s the story of the building and how that’s intertwined with the whole country’s history that really connects the dots. It left me thinking back to Marquez’ _Hundred Years of Solitude_ with the weird neocolonial projects, the United Fruit Company, and other things I could mention but they’d be spoilers! Oddly, the café isn’t included on the tour but it is well worth a visit, either before or after.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 May 2023
  • mgrp
    Tucson, Arizona50 contributions
    Beautiful
    This place is gorgeous make sure to walk around and look at all the details. Make sure to check out the wonderful Cafe for lunch or at least a cafe. Make sure to look up and at the bar
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Andrew C
    11 contributions
    Not to be missed!
    This is a gem. A beautiful Victorian era theatre being lovingly restored in the centre of San Jose. You are shown around by two guides who are actors and who dress up in character to play different characters including the president of Costa Rica at the time the theatre was built. All huge fun and very informative. Not to be missed!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Thomas G
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,678 contributions
    Great theater
    This tour through the theater was very nice. It is the most beautiful building in San Jose. The tour took about 45 minutes and you see some fantastic architecture and beautiful rooms. The tour also has a small surprise which is funny. This is absolutely worth a visit in San Jose.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Glenn V
    Lafayette, Louisiana110 contributions
    A wonderful tour of a beautiful piece of Costa Rican History
    This is a must see if you are in San Jose. The tours are done in English or Spanish. It is the most unusual tour that we have ever been on. The guides are actors and done in Period costume. Not only that, There are acting it out as players in the actual beginning of the theater in 1897. The story of how it came to be was that the owners of the coffee plantations became wealthy and sent their children to school in Europe. When they returned, they decided to introduce some of the European culture to Costa Rica. With this in mind, the theater is designed after the grand European Opera Houses.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 12 July 2023
  • rosemaryjose
    Sydney, Australia29 contributions
    Brilliant tour and delicious food
    The lunch at the adjoint cafe was delicious. I went into the theatre as part of a guided tour (available in English and Spanish) and it was brilliantly done. The staff dressed up as characters to recount the history of the place and kept us entertained the whole time.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 December 2023
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Albert B
Cincinnati, OH391 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
I didn't expect to enjoy my visit so much. Excellent guided tour with "charming" visits for characters from Costa Rica's past. Amazing floor that is raised every four years for new president's gala. Treasure of art work. Cafe is a little pricy but very comfortable setting. Safe walking area. 10 minutes from Holiday Inn.
Written 25 February 2024
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Marianne
New York2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
You must see this museum when in Costa Rica. It is located in an old fortress, where you can see old prisoner cells, the lookout towers, and other parts of the fort. You enter through a lovely butterfly garden and the history of the country unfolds as you walk through the exhibitions that have transformed the fort. There are exhibits from and about indigenous peoples and all stages of the country's history. Very well presented, with fabulous artifacts and through and engaging presentations. I learned so much about the country, its art, its politics, its ecomony, and the current plans of its people. Do not miss this.
Written 23 February 2024
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Alicia
17 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
If you have time, I definitely recommend doing the 40 minutes guided tour. The two actors get really into character, especially the actress who plays multiple roles. Plus they are knowledgeable and answered a lot of questions about the theatre. They talk about the theatre room, upstairs, the paintings, sculptures and historical people connected to the theatre.

I also recommend booking the tour in advance, but you pay on the day of your visit. I booked the 11am tour in advance. When paying and collecting my ticket, there was a couple behind me who also wanted to do the 11am tour but it was fully booked and the next available slot was the 1pm tour. You can email uboleteria@teatronacional.go.cr to book. The price was CRC 3,500 per person.
Written 11 February 2024
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Deb A
Geneseo NY210 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
The tour, conducted by actors in costume, is great fun, and very informative as well. Well worth the visit!
Written 17 January 2024
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awilda m
New York City, NY18 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This place is beautiful. The tour team are amazing and make it very interesting. Love it. Tip is to buy ticket in advance as the tour is a limited amount of people.
Written 14 January 2024
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rosemaryjose
Sydney, Australia29 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
The lunch at the adjoint cafe was delicious. I went into the theatre as part of a guided tour (available in English and Spanish) and it was brilliantly done. The staff dressed up as characters to recount the history of the place and kept us entertained the whole time.
Written 28 December 2023
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FarAway62517241797
3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Amazing coffees cakes and sandwiches, salads in a beautiful setting its a must. Service with a smile and very efficient a must when in San Jose.
Written 28 November 2023
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Bruno V
AREQUIPA, Peru1,007 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Great tour, with actors. A very interesting building with a lot of history. The actors presenting the tour are amazing and give a lot of information on the social, cultural and political history of the building and of the country. There is also a stylish snack where you can get coffee, juices etc.
Written 27 November 2023
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George S
Forest Hills, NY111 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
beautiful theater, well worth visiting. in the center of San jose., lots of restaurants around and shopping. Pura Vida
Written 5 November 2023
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Glenn V
Lafayette, LA110 contributions
Jun 2023
This is a must see if you are in San Jose.
The tours are done in English or Spanish.
It is the most unusual tour that we have ever been on. The guides are actors and done in Period costume. Not only that, There are acting it out as players in the actual beginning of the theater in 1897.
The story of how it came to be was that the owners of the coffee plantations became wealthy and sent their children to school in Europe. When they returned, they decided to introduce some of the European culture to Costa Rica.
With this in mind, the theater is designed after the grand European Opera Houses.
Written 12 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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