Cultural open house tonight features walking tours

There is another free Art City Tour this evening with two special architectural walks thrown in.

This is the 21st edition of the program that allows participants to make free visits to the metro area museums, galleries and other cultural locations.  So far, the sponsor, Gam Cultural, said more than 22,000 persons have taken part.

The special walking tours are presented by the magazine Su Casa and feature architect and historian Andrés Fernández. One group will gather at 5:15 p.m. at the headquarters of the Instituto Nacional de Seguros on Avenida 7. The subject is Barrio Otoya with its older homes and some unusual features. At 7:10 another tour will cover historic Barrio Amón.

The museums of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud will also be open, as will the Museos del Banco Central and the insurance institute’s Museo de Jade. Transportation is provided for participants.

Many residents take these tours repeatedly so they can spend sufficient time at each stop. Participants can board buses at each location. The time is from 5 to 9 p.m. There is no obligation to take the small buses, but those who do so are asked to sign up ahead of time on the Gam Web site. Walk-ins are accepted, and the organization Chepecletas said it is sponsoring a bike tour leaving the insurance company headquarters at 5 p.m.

The Museo de Arte Costarricense in La Sabana said that it would be featuring the works of photographer  Simeón Lyutanov.

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