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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 11, 2015
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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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
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58 helpful votes 58 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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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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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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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 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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Bromont, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Brand new museum where you CAN follow the history of the precolombian Life in CR and the importance of stone work including jade in their spiritual and normal Life.

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Calgary, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

At the entrance $5 for residents $15 for foreigners, what a blatant overcharge to visitors, Great start to make tourism in Costa Rica less appealing, Cuba just opened up so, wake up and stop ripping of tourists.Because of this we didn't go in , just walked away

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The jade and the building were wonderful. The curation didn't really explain a lot of details -- many of the pieces are not dated and not in a context. However, I'd say it's worth the trip. A bit pricey at $15/person and it takes perhaps 2 hours; not longer.

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Courtenay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

when you think about the tools used way back when, I found it all very informative. Its also nice to get out of the sun , I like to know about the country and culture of the country I am visiting..

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