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Monday, September 5, 2011

Museo de Arte Costarricense

Last week, we were in San Jose and when we finished our business there, we walked over to the fabulous Museo de Arte Costarricense.

The art museum is located at the Metropolitan La Sabana Chapui Park that was once the international La Sabana airport, on the west side of San Jose.

The current exhibition is called "Otto Apuy: Journey 1974-2011". Otto Apuy holds an important place in Costa Rican art history and we very much enjoyed looking at his work. I always learn a new technique when studying other artists' creations.

The land the park is on was bequeathed for the benefit of the poor in the 18th century by Reverend Father Chapui, so they could graze their cattle on the fields. Later the land was used for horse racing and as a training field for the Costa Rican army (since abolished), and various other uses over the years.

Long story short: the most incredible airport terminal I have ever seen was opened in 1940. You have to go see it. And don't miss the Golden Hall upstairs, the original VIP lounge.  This airport served as an international air terminal until 1955, when air traffic was transferred to the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela (note: SJO is not in San Jose, as many visitors believe ... it is about 17 km away).

This is the control tower - it's beautiful. There is a lightening rod on the top.

The rear of the terminal building. Can you picture yourself waiting here for your DC 3 flight to Panama?

Every time we are in San Jose, we are going to go see a different museum or building. Costa Rica has a very interesting history - lots of beautiful old, old buildings to explore.

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