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Precolumbian Gold Museum

Calle 5 | between Central and 2nd Ave, San Jose, Costa Rica (Formerly Gold Museum (Museo del Oro))
506-243-4202
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Ranked #3 of 40 Attractions in San Jose
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Type: Art Museums
Description: A large collection of indigenous gold art.
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Shamong, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

Little weird getting to by walking the entrance is down stairs kinda underground. We found it and walked around about 2hrs. Lots of interesting items to see. Me and my husband liked it.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

A well managed museum with a large collection of pre-columbian artifacts,we didnt have much time since we arrived by ship for a day tour, our guide gave us a quick 1 hour tour and we enjoyed it very much. Museum is underground and right by the National Theatre in central San Jose.

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Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

If you're looking for something to do in San Jose this is a nice museum, especially if you're short on time as you can see pretty much everything in an hour. On a Sunday when many things are closed it's nice or if you need a break from the rain. It wasn't very crowded either.

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Hilton NY
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

A suprise underground museum in the centre of the city. Interesting historical displays. Had expected larger artifacts. Skip the Audio Tour. It's all covered on the signage.

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Santa Ana, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A very nice museum to check out if you are staying at a hotel in San Jose. This has many collections of pre-Columbian artifacts. If you like this museum then check out the Jade Museum also.

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miami, fl
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13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Visited this museum on a Sunday afternoon. We completed the museum tour in 45 -60 mins. It contained very interesting information with pretty cool exhibits. It's around $10 per person and $9 if you show a school ID ( doesn't matter if it's a foreign id). The entrance fee covers 2 museums (currency and numastics) and staff are always available... More

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Senior Reviewer
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is a good way to spend a wet afternoon. Lots of interesting facts and figures on Costa Rican money and how it developed a financial strategy and policy

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

In brief: A great way to spend an afternoon in San Jose. The pros: -The best part is the exhibit showing you how some of the artwork was found in a burial ground excavated in the 1950s -Your ticket ($11 per person) includes the currency museum and an art exhibit on the top floor, all in the same building -Staff... More

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

If you like museums, December is not a great time to be in Costa Rica, as most of them are closed. The gold museum was an exception. Many beautiful artifacts, dramatically presented.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This was a nice place to step away from the streets of San Jose for about an hour. I walked through a really neat art exhibit and got to learn about the processes the indigenous peoples undertook in order to make such gorgeous gold artwork. Not a huge collection of artifacts, but plenty to see and admire.

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