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Following proper health guidelines to avoid the spread of covid-19, the main museums of downtown San José offer a variety of exhibitions
and tours, including activities for children this weekend.  - National Museum photo -

Variety of activities in city museums this weekend

Published Friday, April 23, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Following proper health guidelines to avoid the spread of covid-19, the main museums of downtown San José offer a variety of exhibitions and tours, including activities for children this weekend.

The Children's Museum, located on 9 Avenue, celebrates its 27th anniversary.

The celebration will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In the daily schedule, there will be fun activities such as the presentation of the Storytelling Fest, tours with fictional characters, craft workshops, a photo-booth, among many others.

After 6 p.m., visitors will enjoy the highly anticipated "Night at the Museum" celebration, inspired by the 2006 fantasy-comedy film starring Ben Stiller.

Children and their families will be able to walk around the museum at night where there will be a show with animatronics such as "Life of Bugs" among others. The celebration will close with bright fireworks.

Tickets cost about $10 and include a guided tour, snacks, gifts and souvenirs.

Due to the pandemic, the number of people allowed is limited, so visitors must purchase tickets on the museum web

The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, located in the National Center of Culture, 3rd Avenue - 15th Street, next to the National Library, opens two new exhibitions this weekend.

The first display is "Art and Science Facing the Climate Future", developed with the support of the U.S. International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

In this exhibition, eight Costa Rican artists, who were selected at the beginning of the year through a public call to develop residencies with research centers on climate change issues, will present their work.

The second exhibition is "Data Ergo Sum Reloaded" by the Spanish artist Ana Marcos. It is a display taking artificial intelligence as the protagonist.

This exhibition proposal arose through the collaboration of the Cultural Center of Spain and the Museum Center La Neomudéjar in Madrid, Spain.

Data Ergo is about the experience of power and its control over people through personal big data. The possibilities of artificial intelligence and its universe provide an interactive art installation that makes visible the observational capacity of electronic devices.

The display, through the eye of the visitor, shows the world hidden behind mirrors, which takes the visitor to the story of "Alice in Wonderland" by the writer Lewis Carroll.

Exhibitions are open Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Entrance price for nationals and residents, $3 and tourists, $4. Free entry for children under 5 and adults over 65.

The National Museum, located between Central and Second Avenue (in front of the Plaza de la Democracia square), will be celebrating International Book Day on Friday.

There will be a book give away between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Visitors will find books about useful and interesting topics hidden in the gardens. Also known as Book Crossing, the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others.

Among the books to find are: "Trees and shrubs of importance for the birds of the Central Valley", "Flowers of Passion of Costa Rica", "Plants for Artisanal Use". And, for the little ones, coloring books and fantasy tales among many others.

You can take home all the books you want. Both the books and the entrance to the museum are free for the event.

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