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Precolumbian Gold Museum

Calle 5 | between Central and 2nd Ave, San Jose, Costa Rica
506-243-4202
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A large collection of indigenous gold art.
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Calle 5 | between Central and 2nd Ave, San Jose, Costa Rica
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506-243-4202
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"costa rican money"
in 23 reviews
"same building"
in 12 reviews
"pre columbian"
in 57 reviews
"on display"
in 46 reviews
"three floors"
in 14 reviews
"interesting collection"
in 12 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 44 reviews
"indigenous peoples"
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"couple of hours"
in 25 reviews
"history of costa rica"
in 38 reviews
"national theatre"
in 22 reviews
"two hours"
in 15 reviews
"central america"
in 17 reviews
"currency"
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"artifacts"
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"coins"
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"vault"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The top floor in this underground museum is so interesting. As you walk around you can see how Spain ruled Costa Rica, and how subsequent currencies evolved up to today.

Thank ShannonTX
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Reviewed 1 week ago

An hour at most. It's interesting, without ever being out of this world. Quite small, not expensive. But after you've seen the first 5 cabinets of intricate mini Gold ornaments, the next 27 don't give you much more. If it's raining and you have nothing...More

Thank 749David
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The story of Costa Rica told through its currency. The history of the country closely parallels its borrowed, evolving and eventually own currency. The docent was both enthusiastic and proud of his country. We learned a lot about how Costa Rica developed. May not be...More

Thank Mary K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We easily spent 2,5 hours in this small museum that was like an underground vault. Not just gold, but many other interesting artifacts that were well labeled with the facts and history surrounding them.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There isn't much in Costa Rica to remind you of the pre-Columbian world - no temples, no ruins - so this is what there is some - some pretty and well-worked gold, shown in a high-security dungeon in the centre of town. Worth a quick...More

Thank abager
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This good sized museum on four floors has English description, but it can get tedious to read them all since the print is fairly small. There are a few plastic description sheets in English. The bottom two floors do a nice layout of the practices...More

Thank Dick C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing 5 floors of compressive history of the culture and materials of Costa Rica dating back to 500BC. Very friendly staff and good learning experience for both adults and children alike. Don’t miss this place of you are in San Jose

Thank Victor o
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful exhibits set in a historical and cultural perspective. I particularly like the exhibit that showed the process from finding the Nuggets to finishing the piece.

Thank Carol C
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

San Jose doesn't have a lot to offer the tourist but this is a good way to pass the time. Interesting history of Costa Rica, my favorite of the 3 museum's offered in the group purchase for 31 USD pp.

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

Great experience and is a must seen in Costa Rica. The underground building is modern, clean and the presentation of the gold artcles great. We had a memorable experience.

Thank magistros
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Patrick B
4 February 2018|
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Response from LUCILA T | Reviewed this property |
It's open during business hours / weekend same time 10am to 6pm ish.
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Patrick B
4 February 2018|
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Response from kateandmark | Reviewed this property |
Sorry just picked this up closing is 5pm
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