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Juan Santamaria Museum

Located on Avenida 3 and Calle 2, this museum highlights the plight of national hero and Alajuelense, Juan Santamaria. Displays focus on the events surrounding Santamaria's defeat of William Walker in the 1856 Battle of Hacienda Santa Rosa. Santamaria torched Walker's building, ultimately losing his own life in an effort to preserve Costa Rica's independence. Exhibits include paintings, historical artifacts and maps. (Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; Admission is free. Tel: 2441-4475)

Juan Santamaria Museum in Pictures