A few weeks ago I wrote about a museum of medicine that opened at a medical school in San Jose’s suburb of Tibás. In the past I have also authored articles about some of the country’s other unique museums for retired expats to visit like the insect museum located at the University of Costa Rica and the museum of criminology found in San José near the courthouses. A few weeks ago it was announced that the country’s Institute of Electricity or ICE (as it is more commonly known) planned to open a new museum to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the telephone in Costa Rica.
The museum, found in ICE’s new building a few block’s north of it’s main offices in La Sabana, was inaugurated the last week of April and is now open to the public from 7 am until 4pm daily. Best of all admission is free for children. The idea is for people of all ages including children and teenagers to learn about the evolution of the telephone. Visitors will be taken on a guided tour and have the chance to see a whole range of telephones from the past including the first phones with a disk dials, those with buttons, the first coin operated phones in the country, telephone booths which no longer exist here and more. Indeed, when I moved here in the early 1980s making a call was completely different than it is today.
In short, the museum provides an opportunity for everyone to learn all about telephones that preceded the present day cell phone. “When you hold a cell phone or tablet in your hands, you will realize the process that the telephone went through to evolve into what it is today,’” stated Milena Elizondo who is the head of communications for ICE.