Museo Nacional promotes democracy with historical exposition

The Museo Nacional and the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones have set up an exposition showing the growth of democracy in Costa Rica.

The exposition runs until Dec. 15. An additional feature is a guided tour that the museum can arrange. The tours are from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the downtown museum. Tours need to be reserved in advance.

The exposition is “Vivamos la Democracia,” which seeks to show the growth of democratic principles in the country.

María Elena Masis, a museum historian, said the exposition seeks to enlighten Costa Ricans over the long road from the Spanish conquest to civic voting rights, according to the museum,  She noted that there exists a decrease in the part of the population that respects democracy and elections.

In Costa Rica women did not get the right to vote until 1949 under the current Constitution.

Democracy is not just something historical but it is a form of living in which each Costa Rican has rights and ought to live in a personal manner with values of tolerance respect and confidence, among others, she was quoted as saying.

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