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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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Description: A large collection of indigenous gold art.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Gorgeous works of art, well displayed. The didactic material was available if you wanted it but one could also easily just enjoy the fantastic creatures created a thousand years ago.

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Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed learning about the history of gold in Costa Rica. The info is both in Spanish and English. There is even some areas for interactive learning. The building is underground and quite remarkable as well. The only negative is that we were freezing cold - bring a sweater.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The museum is built underground.It is a modern structure and very interesting.It also exhibits the national coin collection.

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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a nicely sized museum. The collection is very good but not so large that it's overwhelming. There are some interesting displays of pre-Columbian society as well. It is definitely worth a visit.

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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The displays and information displayed were worth the admission. The size of the museum was smaller than first expected, but by the end of the visit,

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Newcastle
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Let's be honest, San Jose is not a particularly picturesque city and most people go there largely when they're passing through to get to somewhere else. This museum however, is fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed finding out about the beginnings of Costa Rican currency, why the current bank notes are designed the way they are, what influences were used in designing... More

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Beverley Uk
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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Informative museum, that tracks the architecture through coinage and bank notes, to pre Colombian gold working techniques and village culture.

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The Gold Museum had lots of wonderful artifacts. I am not sure it was my favorite place in San Jose to visit. But lots of history and culture.

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Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The admission ticket to the Precolumbian Gold Museum also permits you to visit the numismatic museum. We didn't visit the numismatic collection but did check out the cool display in front on Costa Rica's paper currency which is stunning. The Precolumbian Gold Museum has an amazing collection. We especially like the old figures based on animals and our children enjoyed... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

An interesting collection of precolumbian artifacts, mostly of gold. Jewelry, masks, stylized animal sculptures, for instance. Also mannequins in precolumbian native attire in display cases. Dioramas. I spent an hour and a half here. Worth a visit.

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