Stocked with products inspired by the archeological collections of the Gold and Jade Museums, the shop occupies a refurbished space in the lower level of the museum complex.
In a refurbished space, the shop offers a superior selection of high-quality goods that is painstakingly curated. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, all of the items on display have been chosen for artistry, authenticity, craftsmanship and their accurate representation of indigenous identity of the original Costa Ricans.
Visitors take in Dürer at Museos del Banco Central — Photo courtesy of Museos del Banco Central
Among the 300-plus products are jewelry inspired by archeological gold, hand-painted gourd animals and even textiles.
Highlights also include intricately carved indigenous masks of Juego de los Diablitos, worn by men dressed as devils during the annual three-day celebration in the Boruca community, commemorating the struggle between Spanish invaders and indigenous Costa Ricans, who maintain their strong cultural heritage today.
Interwoven with the indigenous and pre-Columbian items are later numismatic objects that may be of special note for stamp enthusiasts. The last Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Museos del Banco Central hosts its long-running and well-attended FeriaNumismática, a stamp show for collectors of stamps, coins and paper money. It's free to attend and open to the public.
Visitors to the Central Bank Museums complex in downtown San José will have the rare opportunity to see the works of Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer – a German artist most famous for his engravings, especially of realistically detailed biblical images. The Alberto Durero: Genio del Renacimiento exhibit runs through April 26, 2015.
From Adam and Eve to the mysterious symbolism and cryptic patterns that appear in Melencolia I and Knight, Death and the Devil, the works do much to exemplify why Dürer was considered a Renaissance Master. The series – titled La Pasión Pequeña en Cobre, or "Small Passion in Copper" – closes with The Resurrection of Christ.
Also on exhibit is Casi Invisibles: Innovación-ruptura y Transgresión, which celebrates the works of female Costa Rican artists such as Flora Luján through June 2015.
Through October 2015, you can see Tomás Povedano y los Billetes de Costa Rica, an exhibit showing off Costa Rica's colorful currency through the years.
The new gift shop is open Monday through Sunday, 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find it at the Central Bank Museum center beneath the Plaza de la Cultura. Museum exhibit hours are daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.