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From Darkness to Light—Costa Rica’s Museo de los Niños shines in former prison


Gloria Calderón is the Director of the Museo de los Niños in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Gloria as she talks about the engaging hands-on children’s museum, her passion for the country, and the work-in-progress to create an adjunct museum showcasing the former prison’s story.

The Children’s Museum opened in 1994 in a long abandoned former prison with an evil history rivaling the world’s worst hell-holes of incarceration.

The idea to re-purpose the prison as a place of light for children was conceived and shepherded by the former first Lady of the Republic of Costa Rica, Mrs. Gloria Bejarano de Calderón, Gloria’s mother. 

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