On September 15, 2021, the Bicentennial of the Independence of Costa Rica is celebrated, for this reason, the National Museum have a beautiful exhibition related to this event.
Visitors will be able to enjoy, chronologically, a historical tour of 200 years, counted from the cultural, social, sports, artistic, student manifestations, among others, typical of the idiosyncrasy of the Costa Rican people and the changes generated, showing a broader perspective of how the celebration of the date has been constructed over time.
Two centuries of history. The exhibition offers a sample of more than 60 objects selected from the collections of the National Museum, the University of Costa Rica, the Juan Santamaría Museum, the Museums of the Central Bank of Costa Rica and the National Archive. It also has a series of panels with historical information on the last two centuries around independence, cartoons alluding to historical, cultural and anecdotal events related to this date, newspaper covers, illustrations and more.
Among the objects stand out several gala swords of senior members of the Costa Rican army who participated in the National Campaign of 1856 and 1857 against the filibusters. They also highlight paintings from the 19th century with panoramic views of the capital city from different perspectives, as well as photographs and cartoons alluding to the date of Independence.
The exhibition space is divided into two sections: the first covers the first century of independence and addresses the issue of the formation of the State, while the second part focuses on the various forms of celebration of the maximum national holiday during the last century.
María de los Ángeles Acuña, curator of the exhibition and director of the Center for Research on Latin American Identity and Culture of the UCR (CIICLA), explained that this exhibition is the result of six years of research in which she collected information from newspapers and magazines since 1821 until 2018.
The exhibition will be open to the public for a whole year during the normal hours of the National Museum. In addition, by the end of June, the sample can be seen on the website of the National Museum, which will include high-quality photos of the exhibited objects, the information on the panels and six audios of iconic moments that the exhibition rescues.