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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

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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Huge museum, much more than the jade

Slightly pricey we thought. There is a small display on the ground floor as a taster although it isn't clear whether this is free. Five floors including much on the pre-Columbus... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Derby, United Kingdom

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Derby, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Slightly pricey we thought. There is a small display on the ground floor as a taster although it isn't clear whether this is free. Five floors including much on the pre-Columbus culture.

Thank 526David
Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum was chock full of pre-Columbian history and artifacts; much more than we expected. We were disappointed with the English audio guide which didn't seem to be working, but still plenty to see and enough information to understand and appreciate it all.

Thank DougRoni
Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the best museum in San Jose--with one notable drawback. Unlike the gold and national museums, explanations for the jade objects are not offered in Spanish and English alongside the incredibly rich displays. One has to use an interactive tool, designate an object, then pull up the explanation. This is tedious and distracting, even when the terminals work, and... More 

Thank honorhood
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was not really too interested in going, but was pleasantly surprised once inside, the building was amazing and staff were friendly... great displays

Thank Joanna T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first thing I noticed was that this museum is exceptionally clean. I like how it's divided by floors. The main 4 floors have new age and modern exhibits that are all very visually pleasing. I really enjoyed the mini informational movies. They had English translation throughout the museum which was very helpful and informative. This museum was very enjoyable.

Thank Danelle R
Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Initially, I felt that the admission fee was a little steep, but it really isn't. The exhibits were engaging and informative (at times, interactive) and provided a full picture of the culture, day to day activities, and interactions in the Pre-Colombian era. The pieces, made of jade, gold, ceramic, and stone, were gorgeous and a wonder given the available tools.... More 

Thank gmariewilk23
San Jose, Costa Rica
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum moved the collection to a new building located few blocks from the National Theatre and half block of the National Museum. The big collection is well displayed and also has some pre-columbian pieces too. Great to go with family and children and know more about Costa Rican history.

Thank EdwinER
London, Canada
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172 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

appreciated the english translations! A lot to take in - poco y poco. not sure what else I can say, you either like museums or you don;t

Thank Laura J
New York City, New York
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm a museum guy, you know, the type of person who walks into a country and expects culture from it. This monument certainly had what I expected. Lot's and lots of precolombinan culture, diversity of rooms and beautiful building. The objects are there for you to experience them as they were usually used. I like it, no, no, i loved... More 

Thank Raymond C
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum has a large collection of jade and does a very good job of explaining the history and signifigance of jade, as well as the production of jade objects, in CR. That said, they have way too much of what looked exactly like the same objects on five floors of the building in about six or seven separate galleries.... More 

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