Interested in the country’s cultural and
archaeological heritage, from 1950 to 1974 the Central Bank of Costa Rica
set up a collection of Pre-hispanic gold pieces.
Along with this, the Bank promoted the creation of its numismatic collection,
and began acquiring national art works. Initially, a public gallery was
created in the Bank’s main building, but as the collection expanded it was
decided a Museum should be built, exclusively designed to keep these
In order to manage more effectively its cultural
work, on 10 November 1993, the Foundation to Administer the Central Bank’s
Museums (Fundación para Administrar
los Museos del Banco Central) was created
through Law No. 7363. Ever since, a qualified multi-disciplinary group of
professionals diligently work to offer new and varied exhibitions to
visitors. Research work, technical publications, activities, workshops, and
public concerts are also offered by the Cultural Center, in its permanent
pursuit of excellence through education.