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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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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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful new location just off the pedestrian blvd. They did a great job of incorporating how the jade influenced the cultural development of the people. (And how the people influenced the development of jade.) Some of the "simple" tools included a replaceable-bit drill and sandpaper; I was amazed. - there are some items to keep your kids interested, but they... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This building is now located right beside the national museum! Loads to see. On several floors. Nicely set up and appealing displays, including some for kids.

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Portsmouth, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Went to the former location some years ago, and couldn't wait to see the new one. Wow! Five floors of galleries with almost the entire collection on display. Described as being over 7000 individual pieces.....at least that many. It is unquestionably world class. We give it the highest recommendation possible. Do yourself a favor and visit!

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Wisconsin
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

23 years ago I first visited the Museo de Jade in its old location in the INS building. It quickly became my favorite museum in Costa Rica. I was blown away today when I visited the new location. WOW WOW WOW just WOW. I ran into a Costa Rican friend after I visited and said, "Where did they have all... More

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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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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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