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Central Bank Museums to reopen next weekend

August 26, 2011

The Central Bank Museums in San José will reopen Sept. 3 after a two-month closure to complete work on a new lighting system, the group announced in a press release.

Although the system’s new LED lights will not be installed until the end of September, the museums decided to reopen ahead of schedule due to “considerable demand” for their services during this time of year, the press release said. However, some closures during the month of September to complete electrical work are “probable” and will be announced in advance, the statement added.

Work on the lighting system began in May and includes installation of a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient lighting system for the museums’ exhibits. The upgrade cost ₡346 million ($692,000), according to the press release.

Located beneath Plaza de la Cultura in downtown San José, the Central Bank Museums complex includes the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, the Numismatic Museum and a gallery for temporary exhibits, as well as a gift shop offering pre-Columbian-inspired jewelry and indigenous handicrafts.

The museums’ hours are 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission prices are ₡1,500 ($3) for nationals and residents, ₡5,500 ($11) for foreign visitors and free for children under 12 and students with ID. Admission is free for nationals and residents on Wednesdays.

For information and updates on the upgrade work and possible closures, call 2243-4219 or visit www.museosdelbancocentral.org or the museums’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MBCCR.

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