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Jade Museum (Museo Nacional del Jade)

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Address: Avenida Central, Calle 11 | Costado Oeste de la Plaza de la Democracia, San Jose, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506-287-6034
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8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Description: Jade - the precious gemstone known as the 'stone of heaven' has been...
Jade - the precious gemstone known as the 'stone of heaven' has been cherished for millennia and is believed to possess mystical powers, immortality, and invincibility. This is a place where visitors could indulge themselves with jade and be mesmerised by the sheer nature of these heavenly stones. A visit to the Jade Museum would definitely be a favourable experience and they do have an extensive range of souvenirs in jade which one could adorn themselves with or for gifts to their loved ones.
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San Jose City Sightseeing Tour

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Yes, it does cost $15 pp which is expensive. There are discounts for kids and anyone with a student ID. Large bags and backpacks must be stored in a locker in an alcove to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Yes, it does cost $15 pp which is expensive. There are discounts for kids and anyone with a student ID. Large bags and backpacks must be stored in a locker in an alcove to the right of the ticket booth. The architecture is odd given that it is a museum. It is shaped like a rectangular dougnut with a big... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I spent time here during the afternoon rain but it felt a bit commercial. Some interesting exhibits, though, and nice people. I thought the price was much too high and I preferred the nearby National Museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

If you like history, art, artifacts and learning about a culture, this place is a must see while in San Jose. Multiple levels full of craftsmanship in not only jade but stone, bone, clay and gold. And at the very top there is a small art gallery of local artist. Fausto Pacheco being my personal favorite. Wish the museum's gift... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

In terms of internal history about Costa Rica it would be fine. Didn't do anything for me though and I wouldn't recommend it.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Jade is not native to the area and was brought down by the native groups. A lot of the objects and information was repetitive. Lots of pottery too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Other reviewers gave kudos to this museum and they were right. It is very well done with an impressive collection of artifacts and fun interactivity with displays, some of which are still a work in progress. The facility is so new that the gift shop hasn't even opened yet. So much to take in and learn that one visit is... More 

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Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We visited with 3 kids and we were really happy with the visit. Although the main hall seems a bit odd and off-putting, like it was not a well visited or worthy visit, once we got to the second floor and above, the museum was very entertaining. The kids were very interested and really took their time with the informative... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Five floors of Jade and Pre-Columbian history and objects, well worth the time and money. You may want to start on the fifth floor and work you way down to the first floor.

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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Truly enjoyed a visit to the Jade Museum. The new location makes it more accessible and attractive to the visitor. Magnificent display of our heritage. The exhibits are well planned and executed. I recommend it for locals and foreigners alike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The collection on precolumbian artifacts was impressive. Wished they had more jade Good chronology and history of the artifacts. It was a very nice museum with well described and annotated though often only in Spanish.

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