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Jade Museum (Museo Nacional del Jade)

Avenida Central, Calle 11 | Costado Oeste de la Plaza de la Democracia, San Jose, Costa Rica
506-287-6034
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Ranked #14 of 39 attractions in San Jose
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Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: Jade - the precious gemstone known as the 'stone of heaven' has been cherished for millennia and is believed to possess mystical powers, immortality,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Sarchi, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

It was well worth the wait. Now called the "Museo del Jade y de la Cultura Precolumbina" sponsored by INS, the national Costa Rican insurance company, reopened at its new permanent location on 8 May in a six-story window-less building constructed solely to house this museum. The new is located across the Plaza de la Democracia from the National Museum.... More

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Escazú, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A new five-story building has just open at the corner of Avenidad Central (Central Avenue) and Calle 11 (11th Street) on the West side of the Plaza de La Democracia (Democracy Square) in San Jose Downtown. This new building houses the Museo del Jade y Arte Precolombino (Jade Museum & Precolumbian Art) and is just, well, AMAZING!!! It houses one... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Not only is it the largest jade collection in the world, it's a world-class Pre-Columbian collection of many other goods as well. The 5 story multi-million dollar building is a beauty. There is a Shamanic collection of pieces that is truly memorable and lots to keep both children and adults interested. The 7,000+ piece strong collection has never been exhibited... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The recently inaugurated Jade Museum in San Jose, Costa Rica, provides a great reason to spend some time in Costa Rica´s capital city. The modern building hosts 5 floors and the largest collection of Jade in the whole world. It is beautifully organized and even features interactive games for young children to understand the country´s history.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This museum has just moved to a beautiful new building. The staff were all excited. But in the first hall, we felt truly disappointed. There were any number of beautiful jade objects, but not in any context. There are touch screens showing many of the exhibits, but they show all the items in the room, not just in the display... More

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Moravia, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

There is nothing like to learn about your predecessors and how things were done back in time. This museum is a magical trip to the past history not only of Costs Rica but for the entire Central America. You can learn a lot and feel more related with a place that has too much to tell

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Millburn, NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Don't visit as it is currently closed. It is relocating, and even the locals don't know that. We walked there only to find the sign posted. Wait until there is a new location with a phone number you can call to confirm.

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San Jose, C.R.
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11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

In the national insurance company building. A must see with a very significant collection of jade pieces.

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Tried to visit in Feb 2014 but it is in the process of moving! Not much more to say than that. Fortunately it was a drop-in on our attraction tour and we didnt feel bad about not seeing it.

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Appling, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

I would LIKE to say more, but despite a large sign on the imposing doors saying 'Open,' the facility was deserted on a Saturday in January, and the Guard on the Administrative side said the Museum adjacent is 'Closed,' and offered no additional information... Learned later at another museum that they are apparently moving the contents of the Jade Museum... More

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