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Address: Central Av | Street 13 and 13 bis, San Jose 10106, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
+506 2521 6610
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Jade Museum and of precolumbian culture is positioned as an innovative...

The Jade Museum and of precolumbian culture is positioned as an innovative state-of-the-art cultural proposal in the protection and conservation of archaeological heritage in Central America. Located in the center of Costa Rics's capital, the building was especially constructed to house the museum's collection, its architecture evoking a cut jade block. Its five levels exhibit objects crafted by artisans specialized in solving their daily subsistence needs, their spiritual and political world.

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Having no special interest in Jade, I wasn't sure what to expect. But as a museum, it was outstanding. Housed in a new building close to Nacional Museum, it was a logical... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having no special interest in Jade, I wasn't sure what to expect. But as a museum, it was outstanding. Housed in a new building close to Nacional Museum, it was a logical follow-up after visiting that museum. The five floors of displays are set in a modern environment, with light displays and interactive tablets where you can select any item... More 

Thank Ckrenzel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum did a great job aesthetically and by creating some interactive displays. There is an extensive amount of artifacts to look at, but by the start of the 3rd floor I began to feel like while it was all beautiful, it could be condensed - a lot felt very similar. But, still great to see the remnants of history.

Thank Christa B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four story building, very clean and new. Lots of history to take in. I recommended this to all visitors.

Thank gil S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed seeing the works of indigenous people. The HUGE rock of Jade in the entry was breathtaking! Truly astounded at the talent and craftsmanship. Plenty of places to park close by the museum. It is within walking distance of the national theatre and the Pre-Colombian museum. This was by far my favorite.

Thank Matt L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Discover the culture swept away by the Europeans and the US. invaders....... so much mysteries and cultural beauties to spot !

Thank Alfred R. B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such a big collection of precolombus Jade pieces, such as more interesting parts of Costariican history. It takes from 3-4 hours to make the whole trip inside this beautiful building.

Thank Eduardo P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Jade Museum is an interesting look at the history of Jade in the region, as well as other historical features of Costa Rica. A lot of the smaller pieces are only in Spanish, with context lost for non-Spanish speakers. Regardless, the craftsmanship of the work presented is fascinating.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For me, as with all museums, art galleries etc. how you look at them depends to some degree on how much culture you can take in one go. After a couple of hours I am struggling to maintain my concentration and it starts to become a chore rather than fun and interesting. The museum is spread across 5 floors, there... More 

Thank Gerald S
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I came here on a Thursday afternoon. Fortunately, we got to enter free, because if we had to pay, we would've been upset since the museum is very underwhelming. While the pieces of Jade spread throughout the museum are somewhat interesting, the accessibility of information about each piece is lacking. There are various touch screens nearby each... More 

Thank Samantha W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

This museum was an absolute delight! It is a must see, if one is into craftsmanship and design that is. I have visited quite a lot of museums in many different countries but this one is exceptional! Beautifully arranged and immensely well designed. It has a lot of interactivity suitable for children, but is very fun for adults as well.... More 

Thank Slavena P

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