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Galeria Namu

7th Avenue | Between 5th And 7th Streets, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2256 3412
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The best in Costa Rica,

If you are looking for an exceptional piece of indigenous art to take home this is the only place... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2017
rooikoptraveler
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panama.
Best artisan shop in the country!

I dare anyone to come out of here without buying something! It has everything from masks of all... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2017
44Cheryl2015
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Toronto, Canada
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Galeria Namu is a fair trade art gallery for local and indigenous artists from Costa Rica and surrounding Central America countries. Established in 1998 at this same location, visitors to Costa Rica's capital city of San Jose can find us easily behind the Holiday Inn (across from Parque Morazan).Knowledge and passion for the artists and their work is what makes a visit to Galeria Namu special; the owner, Aisling, and her son Conall, along with their support staff love to share with visitors the background of the tribe or individual artisans and the remarkable collection of unique and very special pieces available for purchase. For the past 15 years, Galeria Namu has nurtured a relationship with the artists who create folk art, gold and jade replicas, handwoven baskets, originals paintings, tagua carvings and jewelry and much more. Visit the website for hours and a sampling of what you will encounter. Be prepared to catch their enthusiasm for fair trade with these local arts and crafts.
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“indigenous art” (15 reviews)
“fair trade” (28 reviews)
“woven baskets” (6 reviews)
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7th Avenue | Between 5th And 7th Streets, San Jose, Costa Rica
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+506 2256 3412
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

If you are looking for an exceptional piece of indigenous art to take home this is the only place worth buying from.Really high quality art pieces are sold here and the prices are not going to kill you.Friendly staff who know what they are dealing...More

Thank rooikoptraveler
Reviewed 5 August 2017

I dare anyone to come out of here without buying something! It has everything from masks of all kinds, art, jewellery, metal sculpture, cards, woven baskets, etc. I make a special trip into the city every year to visit the gallery and always come away...More

Thank 44Cheryl2015
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

A great find in San Jose! Unique and interesting items sold by a proprietor that understands and cares about the indigenous cultures of Costa Rica

Thank Boqota
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

I actually saw this place on line and was keen to go , but fluked a visit, the stuff is expensive but so worth it. Bought one piece and wished to have a lot more time.....didn't even get to look at all the shop. Do...More

Thank frangii
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

If you a collector of folk art or indigenous art, this small gallery is an absolute must see when you are in San Jose. It is walking distance from the Teatro National and the Gold Museum, just a block from the Morazon Park/Temple of Music....More

Thank ArtAndFood
celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

What a lovely reaction to our little (but intense, right!) gallery. It is heartwarming how you expressed your appreciation for the diversity and authenticity of the gallery's offerings. So glad you mentioned the reasonable prices (AND they're Fair Trade!) and that we ship world wide....More

Reviewed 26 May 2017

We discovered the magic of Galeria Namu quite by accident on our first day in the area as we were staying at a hotel just up the street! We were mesmerized by the talent of the artisans and variety of crafts available! The saleswoman was...More

Thank TSOTP
celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

Thank you for your kind comments. Nothing we love to hear more than when people discover the 'magic' of Namu. We foster it, cherish it and appreciate it greatly that you felt it!! Come back soon or check our website.

Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

We visited Costa Rica this past week and visited Galeria Namu on May 10th .. Beautiful Country and a amazing store with such a nice Owner who was extremely helpful .. He gave us so much information about all the Indigenous Crafts and the reason...More

Thank deancorso19
celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2017

We thank you for taking the time to write a review on your experience at Galeria Namu! How lovely to see that you appreciated so much knowing that your purchases were of great support to the artists - Fair Trade means you directly have helped...More

Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This shop sells beautifully crafted indigenous artworks and crafts such as paintings, sculptured items, masks, pottery, etc. Ask for an explanation and you will get a lesson in early Costa Rican history. It may be priced a little high, but it's a wonderful shop to...More

Thank mlusky
celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2017

Thanks for your kind words, it makes us happy to have the high quality of art we offer get recognition. Just a mention that Fair Trade is our pricing methodology - we feel that the artist should get the best monetary compensation possible,.

Reviewed 7 March 2017

Costa Rican art is typically carved wood and leather chairs which get boring pretty fast, so this location is a great find. They support the 6 indigenous tribes in the area so anything you buy supports the preservation of these people. Nothing they sell is...More

1  Thank dwilliamscnm
celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2017

Thank you so much for the acknowledgement of our mission of honouring the artists whose art we offer and the contextual information to accompany it.

Reviewed 28 February 2017

I had purchased the typical souvenirs one can acquire anywhere (tank tops, magnets, etc.), but I needed gifts for some special people back home that surpassed the mundane. Welcome to Galeria Namu! This is an environmentally- & culturally-conscious establishment. Its contents have all been crafted...More

Thank Miki D
celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2017

Thank you so very much. We gratly appreciate your comments AND the fact that you highlight some of the things that we do that we're proud of: good customer service, shipping purchases, culturally sensitive, etc. Please come again to visit!

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Kafitz123
22 June 2016|
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Response from celticachica | Property representative |
It depends - some people spend 20 minutes browsing while others take an hour of more
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Yamileth O
3 March 2016|
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Response from CobaltConnection | Reviewed this property |
There is no ticket needed to enter the gallery/shop. If you drive, there is a parking lot across the street which charges very little to park.
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