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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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San Jose City Sightseeing Tour
89%
Ranked #3 of 33 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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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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81 reviews 81 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

It was interesting to see the history of gold, but the overall experience was a little disappointing. It would have been nice if there was a little more interaction. All is written however in both English and Spanish.

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Kitchener
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Not a big museum but interesting. It took us about 1 1/2 hours it was interesting but not a large museum. The museum was in a convenient location downtown.

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Lynnwood, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We really enjoyed this small museum filled with interesting things. Learning about the process of gold making and seeing what craftspeople created over a thousand years ago was remarkable and the museum was laid out in a straight forward format that made it easy to move through without missing anything. Headsets were available in English, but it basically summarized what... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Have a little time to spare in San Jose - I thought this was terrific and opted this over a coffee plantation. Spent the day here and then the botanical gardens.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Very educational and beautiful layout. Good price to enter. Exhibit was gorgeous. Convenient location

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New York City, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It was very affordable to visit. It is great if you enjoy culture and history. If you compare the natives arts from other countries you will see that there are similarities.

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Houston, Texas
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105 reviews 105 reviews
39 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is a nice museum in the city centre of San Jose and covers both Gold and the history of Costa Rica's currency. The exhibits are interesting, but especially in the initial currency section the information in English is somewhat lacking.

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Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This museum has beautyful golden artifact that date back from local Indian tribes of Costa Rica. A country with a long and interesting history. greetings Déderick

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Anchorage, Alaska
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171 reviews 171 reviews
13 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This is a fascinating collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. The collection is well laid out with lots of explanatory material on how people lived and performed their daily tasks. I highly recommend it and would like to go back. Leave your large back packs behind - you will have to leave them on a locker.

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Vancouver, Canada
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251 reviews 251 reviews
50 attraction reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The museum is surprisingly well done considering the surrounding neighbourhood. The entrance fee includes access to the Numismatics Museum ("money museum"). That part was mildly interesting, but really only for a few minutes unless you're a collector. The real reason to go is the downstairs Gold Museum. It is modest-sized but you probably want to set aside an hour to... More 

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