Truth is in the pen of whoever writes the history books, it seems, but various versions of the truth will be available until Oct. 5 at the Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría in Alajuela. The museum is opening its permanent exhibit Caminos de Libertad and will present visitors with characters from the 1856 Campaña Nacional .
That was when a Costa Rican army entered Nicaragua and ended the regional ambitions of William Walker, the U.S. filibusterer.
An announcement from the museum said that visitors will have guided tours of the exhibit by none other than Walker himself, Juan Rafael Mora Porras, the Costa Rican president who led the troops to victory, and a simple solder and a woman who was caught up in the fighting. Ronald Álvarez, the artistic producer of the museum, said that visitors will have four versions of what happened in that year because the production does not point out the guilty or the villains.
The guided visits take about 35 minutes, said the museum, and are free. The encounter with history is available Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Fridays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. Visitors probably should confirm the times by calling Álvarez at 8363-4892 / 8315-7873.