National Theater (Teatro Nacional)
National Theater (Teatro Nacional)
National Theater (Teatro Nacional)

National Theater (Teatro Nacional) Tours and Tickets

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Modelled after the Paris Opera House, the National Theater in San José’s Catedral district is a neo-classical masterpiece representing Costa Rica’s greatest era of extravagance and sophistication. The historic building has been the epicenter of the city’s fine arts scene including opera, symphony, and other performing arts since its inaugural performance by Fausto de Gounod in 1897.

  • Mon - Sat 9am-4pm
  • 1 Catedral, San Jose, 10101

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Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What are National Theater (Teatro Nacional) hours of operation?
National Theater (Teatro Nacional) hours of operation: Mon - Sat 9am-4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Q:How much does it cost to go to the National Theater in Costa Rica?
A:Guided tours of the National Theater cost CRC₡3,500 for foreigners and CRC₡1,500–2,000 for nationals. Kids under the age of 12 are free. There’s also a café, Alma de Café, that only charges the price of your beverage or meal. Ticket prices for concerts and performances vary.
Q:Can you go into Costa Rica’s National Theater?
A:Yes, there are several ways to go into the National Theater. You can take a daily guided tour in English or Spanish, have a drink or a meal at the on-site Alma de Café, or watch a concert or performance. Shows are usually held on the weekends and scheduled weekdays.
Q:What is there to do at the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica?
A:Things to do at the National Theater (Teatro Nacional) in Costa Rica include attending a concert, dance performance, opera, or other show. You also can admire the theater’s interior and learn about its history on a guided tour and have a drink or meal at the on-site Alma de Café.
Q:How old is the National Theater of Costa Rica?
A:The National Theater of Costa Rica is more than 120 years old. Its construction was completed in 1897 and represents various architectural and artistic styles. The columned facade follows a neoclassical style, the café evokes an early-20th-century Viennese coffeehouse, and the interior design reflects aspects of 19th-century Costa Rican life.
Q:Is there a dress code for the National Theater?
A:The dress code for visiting the National Theater in Costa Rica depends on what you will be doing. There is no dress code to take a guided tour or visit the café. However, wear stylish clothes for ticketed performances; the dress code does not allow shorts or overly casual clothes.
Q:How long is the National Theater tour?
A:Tours of the National Theater of Costa Rica last between 45 minutes and one hour. They run daily on the hour, from 9am until 4pm. To spend more time in the theater, attend a performance or drink a cup of local coffee in the Viennese-style Alma de Café.