While it's easy enough to fill each day with exploring the great outdoors of Costa Rica, carving out some time to visit some of the best museums will do much to enhance one's overall experience and deepen appreciation for this tiny, precious Central American country. A massive collection of artifacts collected from pre-Columbian monuments are on display at the Museo de Oro Pre-Columbino (Pre-Columbian Gold Museum) and its sister museum, Museo de Jade (Jade Museum), where the craftsmanship of ancient artisans is etched into gold objects, stone metates, and jade figures. At the Children's Museum, interactive displays educate and inform visitors about topics as diverse as bananas and coffee to astronomy and ecology. Insect enthusiasts will be enraptured with the live exhibits at the Museo de los Insectos (Museum of Insects) in Monteverde, which offers nocturnal tours, too. Nearby, the Bat Jungle sheds lights on Costa Rica's most populous, if not popular, mammalian species, with special flashlights that let's one witness these winged creatures in a simulated natural environment. Discover the works of some of Costa Rica's own national artists at El Museo de Arte Costarricense (MAC), which features rotating artist exhibits, and enjoy a stroll through the adjacent sculpture garden.
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