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Precolumbian Gold Museum

Address: Calle 5 | between Central and 2nd Ave, San Jose, Costa Rica (Formerly Gold Museum (Museo del Oro))
Phone Number: 506-243-4202
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San Jose City Sightseeing Tour
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Ranked #4 of 42 Attractions in San Jose
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: A large collection of indigenous gold art.
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: A large collection of indigenous gold art.
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Tilaran, Costa Rica
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Was interesting and learned a lot about the the history and culture.It's hard for me to give this a fair review after going to the antiquities museum in Cairo and musen of national history in Chicago makes it hard to judge a small place like this... Entranced fee WAY OVER PRICED takes about 15 minutes to view it all

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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

If you're coming in San Jose and staying for a day or few, this is a must-visit museum. I am personally not so impressed comparing to other museums I've visited in other Central American countries but definitely worth it. Because Costa Rica doesn't have much to boast when it comes to it's History & Culture like other latin countries, this... More 

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Morgantown PA
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Very worth while. Learn of the local native art and metallurgic science. The other Costa Rica historical emphasis, art and pottery display gave us a good understanding of other aspects of the country.

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Perth, Australia
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

The gold in the museum title is interesting but the archeology on the lower floors was quite fascinating.

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Edinburgh
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Loads (too many?) of very similar gold artefacts but I liked the clear explanation of his these were made and at the end the sad effect that the Spanish had on native tribes

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Staffordshire
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

We visited this museum as part of our sightseeing trip around San Jose. Once we got to grips with the layout and labelling of roads, we found it very easily! It is housed in the same building as the currency museum and an art gallery on the Plaza de la Cultura. It has a well thought out and ordered exhibition... More 

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brussels
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This museum has some utterly fascinating displays. The artefacts are grouped and organised well so that visitors can put them in context. There is ample, well-written signage in English including information both about how artefacts were possibly used and how they were made. As well as the artefacts themselves there is a 9 minute video presentation and a number of... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

One of the exhibits was closed and I think it's over priced at $11 USD (plus another $7 if you want the audio guide). Some duplication with the Museo Nacional which was less expensive and more interesting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

It's a place full of shiny, old things of various shapes and sizes. Not much more to say. I like gold!

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

I found this interesting its a shame the invaders did what they did. Would be interesting to see what the people would be like if left alone

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