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Precolumbian Gold Museum

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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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Description: A large collection of indigenous gold art.
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interesting way to pass the time

AS there is little of architectural interest in San Jose and the shops are just shops as with any capital this is a good way to understand a little more about the history of Costa... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

AS there is little of architectural interest in San Jose and the shops are just shops as with any capital this is a good way to understand a little more about the history of Costa Rica and is not expensive

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Centrally located beneath the Plaza de la Cultura in the heart of downtown San Jose, the museum is a part of the Museums of the central Bank that encompass archeology, coin and art collections. Shaped like an inverted pyramid, it’s the only underground building in the country, and you enter and exit the massive vault doors for the visit. The... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I love museums that make learning fun. They had some pretty cool interactive exhibits such as the Precolumbian Music exhibit, where you get to DJ your own music. Extremely informative. Give yourself a little time to see and read all they have to offer.

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Laurel, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

One of the top attractions in San Jose, in an interesting underground vault-cum-museum. There are some nice pieces, but they are all small. Also, there is similar stuff at both the Jade Museum and the National Museum, so if you're pressed for time this is the one to skip.

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Adana, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Very interesting with a good overview of the history and culture. However I would hit the jade museum and national museum first.

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Pahrump, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Very interesting and astonishing how much gold they used for ornamentation. The museum is very small but also very interesting

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Excellent exhibit. Do the San Jose City Tour so you can have your own special guide. Fascinating to learn how progressive the indegenious people of Costa Rica were for the times.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The Gold Museum, is a Most! Situate on the heart of San Jose, this underground museum host the Gold, the nunismastic, and philately coleccions of Costa Rica. Very well presented gives you an idea of how the aborigines live and work. Very enjoyable visit.

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Laguna Hills, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Maybe I am not a museum person, but I expected to see a lot of gold at the Gold Museum. What we saw were little pieces of gold I the shape of animals and some jewelry. I went on a city toured San Jose which included a visit to the museum. I would not have paid separately to go to... More 

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Savaneta, Aruba
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Very interesting history with valuable golden pieces made by the indians. Costa rica means 'rich coast'!

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