La Salle Natural Sciences Museum (Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle), was established in 1960. Its founder and current Director, Brother Eduardo Fernández Bárcena, a native of Burgos, Spain, as a professor of La Salle High School was led at first to pick up some jobs and application tasks and research produced by secondary school students in the Natural Science area, which served as encouragement for more students to become interested in observing and studying the biotic, so rich and varied in Costa Rica.
Subsequently Mr. Gregory Litwin was contacted, a person dedicated to the exotic birds importation from the several continents to supply zoos both from United States and Europe. Some of the specimens agonized in our territory, so they became a permanent donation to the museum during its early years, this fact coupled with collaboration from many people who love nature, led 10 years later with the unconditional support from the Lasallian Parent Dynamic Association, to build the first stage of the building, of 1.500m2, which today houses the collections, turned into an exhibition field of 2430m2, after undergoing several extensions.
It should be noted that almost all the specimens have been dissected by Brother Eduardo, who in the absence of taxidermists in the country and the lack of economic resources, had to perform the dissections of animals in the museum’s laboratory, outside of his working hours, which at his beginnings were prolonged until late at night because at the time, there wasn’t even a cooling chamber.
Currently the museum is part of the educational structure of La Salle University. It’s outpouring of great historical and scientific value, place it as one of the most complete museums in Latin America, counting at the moment with over 55,000 specimens on permanent display. In addition the museum has more than 65,000 specimens in zoology, paleontology, archeology, and mineralogy, including an spectacular dinosaur.
Address: Southwest Sabana, district: Mata Redonda, cantón: San José, provincia: San José, Costa Rica. Zone postal code: 10108.
GPS Coordinates: 9.933386,-84.110344 (9°56’0.19″N, 84°06’37.24″W)
Schedule: from Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: + (506) 2232-5179