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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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Very nice presentation

In a complete new museum they offer a very nice presentation of old and quite new items of jade. The entrancefee is a little bit high, but there is a lot to see.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

In a complete new museum they offer a very nice presentation of old and quite new items of jade. The entrancefee is a little bit high, but there is a lot to see.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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30 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Having just come from the Gold Museum, I was sort of expecting more of the same, but was pleasantly surprised. While there is indeed a floor dedicated to jade objects and their production, there are four more floors dedicated to the cultural, anthropolical history of the nation and its people. Exhibits are well designed, there's plenty of detailed information about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Really lovely display, made more interesting by placing the jade pieces in context of their human use. The Day and Night sections in particular are quite beautiful and have some engaging activities for kids though all the areas had something for them apart from the first. (I think the entry level bit is just intended as a very brief experience... More 

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Was a cool place. Unfortunately I got there at 4pm and the museum closed at 5pm. Next time I visit San Jose I hope to find time to go back to fully appreciate the place.

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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

After being cornered in a little space borrowed from the INS (National Insurance Institute) last year got its very own building right in the heart of the city. Dont be fooled by the stark, minimal facade. The place is full of treasures: pottery, jade, sculptures, anything handcrafted by the inhabitants of Costa Rica hundreds of years ago. They made an... More 

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Quebec City, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

How much can you say about jade? Quite a lot, in fact this huge block building covers much of the history of Costa Rica and has an enormous number of beautiful artifacts to keep you interested for a couple of hours.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This is the NEW Jade Museum. (Opened in 2014.) Walking toward it I expected far less. Inside you find a very modern museum on five floors presenting one of the largest Pre-Columbian collections in the world. There are tableaus, interactive displays, touch screen monitors, items you can touch, etc. The museum is bilingual for the most part. There are presentations... More 

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Glossop, United Kingdom
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

To call it the jade museum is really misleading as jade is only on part of one of the 6 floors. It's mainly a social anthropological museum. Cafe wasn't open and didn't look like it had ever been.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Although I really thicket the entrance ticket is to expensive, the museum is very mice and there are many beautiful jade exibits to see. I didn't regret paying that much money since I saw soany beautiful pieces and learned a lot about the history of the indeginous people.

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Harriston, VA
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3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

If your downtown, you should go- $15 will occupy 2-3 hrs of your time easy. Artifacts to at least 1500BC. Themed rooms.

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