Bienvenidos a la Teatro Nacional, the National Theatre of Costa Rica. This neoclassical structure designed by architect Roy Molinari is located in the central section of San Jose and was first built in 1897. The Theater/opera house strives to promote the production of high artistic level performing arts, and is considered a historical monument and the finest historical building in the capital. The exquisite interior holds lavish furnishings, and en frente de la entrance you will find statues of such figures as Calderon de la Barca, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and Frederic Chopin. Inside you can see a famous mural by the name of Allegory of Coffee and Bananas, the image by Aleardo Villa found on the 5 colon bill. It’s easy to see why the Philharmonic Orchestra of Costa Rica and similar local groups that perform weekly like to call this place home.
While here your group may choose to take part in hourly bilingual guided tours or customizable group/school trip tours. There are typically many daily events, programs, and activities happening, as well as tours of the Document Management Center and Research (CDGI), the important center for San Jose that holds internal drives, media, academia, and local/international artist info. There is also the Accelerograph, an earthquake engineering laboratory that contains one of two digital accelerometers in the city. Located in the old ticket office of the theater on the northside, this area goes 12 meters deep and informs the country of seismic activity. Before you go check out Soul Cafe, the onsite cafe that serves fresh fruit juices, savory dishes, handmade desserts, and gourmet coffees and teas. There is also the gift shop La Traviata, selling books, clothes, and local items that speak of the area's urban culture.