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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 #4 of 38 attractions in San Jose
Type: Art Museums
Description: A large collection of indigenous gold art.
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Limerick, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Built as an upside down pyramid below ground! We had a tour which provided very interesting information, but displays are in English/Spanish - so you can read much of the information yourself if visiting individually. Plan on at least an hour or so. Great place to learn about Costa Rica's history prior to when Columbus arrived there!

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Webster Groves, Missouri
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89 reviews 89 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Look, is this a "must see." No. But it is worthwhile. The museum displays interesting gold artifacts from the indigenous people and weaves the story of gold & currency into the lives of the native folk. There are 3 levels and I recommend the audio tour (confusing at first, until you understand how it is organized). The display on current... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We spent over 2 hrs here and it was not really enough time - the incredible workmanship of the peices given their age is stunning. The museum is situated in the vaults of the National Bank and their currency exhibition and film is also extremely interesting

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Moravia, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I have to be honest. This is one of my favorite places in san jose downtown. You can certainly appreciate the history of the pre-columbian people their culture and modus vivendi. It is a great deal to go heree if you want to learn about Costa Rica.

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Gray, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This museum is under the square, we almost missed it. It was nice and took only a few hours to go through.

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Scharbeutz, Germany
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80 reviews 80 reviews
20 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

During our recent trip to this beautiful country my wife and I flew into San Jose and spent two nights in Costa Ricas capital. We stayed at the downtown Aurola Holiday Inn and were given a lot of helpful advice on what to see in one day.The recently opened Gold Museum was on the top of the list of recommendations.... More

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Sospel, France
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40 reviews 40 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Just when you are beginning to fade, it's over. Great examples of pre-Columbian gold, without overwhelming the casual visitor.

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

A nice mueseum; small so not at all boring! A nice collection of gold artifacts and some good information about the pre columbian citizens of Costa Rica

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Stockholm, Sweden
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Well worth a visit. Excellent exhibit and plenty of information in English (and Spanish of course!). You can also chose to use an audio guide.

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New Jersey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Although the currency museum and other parts of the museum (included in your admission fee) didn't particularly stand out, the Gold Museum was surprisingly well done. The museum in underground, so you have to enter from the Gold Museum from the first floor down (the middle floor) to go in chronological order of history. The displays are in both English... More

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