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Precolumbian Gold Museum

Calle 5 | between Central and 2nd Ave, San Jose, Costa Rica
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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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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a world-class museum and is well worth a few hours of your time to explore. The intricate gold artifacts and carved limestone sculpture pieces were fascinating. Our guide was humorous and informative. Don't miss the clever pre-Columbian mirror made by pouring a thin...More

Thank equinoxWashDc
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My kids were really happy in this museum. They were amazed about the history of precolombina gold and how beautiful this collection is

Thank Covarrubias-Gomez
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you can afford the 6000 colones, it’s worth a quick visit. The currency area was of most interest to me, but the rest of the museum was well laid out, and the signage was in both Spanish and English.

Thank calgarycarm
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fascinating collection in subterranean museum which is in itself interesting. Tickets are pricey but well worth going to this and its sister Jade museum (10 min walk away) for a comprehensive collection of pre- Columbian artefacts of all sorts: but of course and jade are...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As you sit in the culture park most have no idea a museum is right under you...If you're in San Jose, take the time to go in and check it out..

Thank diverbuddy67
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow, amazing pieces. Plan time for the temporary exhibits. English signboards so you can figure out stuff.

Thank Ellen A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not so great or big as expected, but still nice. In downtown, you can find some private parking for 2$/hr on next block

Thank Maruz27
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit it with a group of students and for them it was quite an experience, it would be great if there would be a little more of interactive activities.

Thank Qxdev
Reviewed 1 week ago

all the precolombian gold you'll want to see. This museum sits almost under the National Theater. its several levels underground. in certain expositions..lighting can be improved, but overall very educational and you get a good feel about the precolombian jewelry used.

Thank Ron A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I spent about 3 hours at this museum. What an absolute joy, and time completely well spent. We learned so much about the country and pre-Colombian history, especially about how gold was made into jewelry and other items. Just amazing. We were...More

Thank madonerider
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18 March 2016|
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Response from jeff s | Reviewed this property |
About $6 per person - don't know the children's entry fee. There is a lot of "eye-candy" to catch a young child's attention. Gold really shines! Also, many of the sculptures and carved pieces are uniquely shaped and... More
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12 February 2015|
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Response from irishtea3 | Reviewed this property |
I was there in August and as a tourist and not a Costa Rican the charge was $11 USD. Not sure if price went up or if the $ is better but there was no discount for tourists.