Guanacastecos to Open Their Own Museum

November 18, 2005

THE citizens of the northwestern province of Guanacaste have taken the wheel in their long drive toward the creation of a local museum in Liberia, the province’s capital.Because of a shortage of funds within the Regional Museums Program of the National Museum, the Municipality of Liberia has appointed itself in charge of fundraising and creation of an association to manage the museum, the daily La Nación reported.A project that has been played out for several years, the creation of the museum came together when President Abel Pacheco issued an executive decree proposing the museum on July 25. The Special Commission on Tourism in the Legislative Assembly recently moved to approve the creation of the museum, according to La Nación.The Municipality of Liberia decided to oversee the financing of the project amidst concerns that the museum might be forced to close its doors for lack of economic resources, as the former Guanacaste Museum had to do several years ago.The museum will feature cultural and archaeological artifacts discovered in the region, such as the collection of ceramics, jade and gold that was donated to the state by ex-President Daniel Oduber.The building of the Comandancia de Liberia, currently home to Public Security Ministry forces, will house the new museum as soon as the police move to a new location.

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