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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))
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A large collection of indigenous gold art.

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Interesting with Beautiful Artifacts

This is by far one of my most favorite places to visit in the city of SJO. Precolumbian artifacts and culture at it's best. Beautiful displays that describe each piece and... read more

Reviewed March 26, 2015
Brasil de Santa Ana
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Brasil de Santa Ana
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Reviewed March 26, 2015

This is by far one of my most favorite places to visit in the city of SJO. Precolumbian artifacts and culture at it's best. Beautiful displays that describe each piece and period. Admission is at a fair price and they also have a lovely little gift shop. Recommended!

Thank Costaricamommy
San Diego, California, United States
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Reviewed March 26, 2015

We expected a few gold pieces, but this place will blow you away. First an art gallery, then a history of the area, and then the gold pieces... that went on and on. If you like gold jewelry and pre-Columbian art, this is a must see in San Jose.

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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed March 24, 2015

Gold artifacts from the past with an excellent docent-led description. Worthy of a visit - a lot of gold accompanied by some historical exhibits of native life.

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Columbus, New Jersey
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Reviewed March 23, 2015

Not my favorite museum, but entertained the kids after we arrived and before our tour began. Smaller than I expected.

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Reviewed March 23, 2015

The descriptions of the culture and art of precolumbian times is presented well and is very interesting. Of course, all the gold jewelry is quite beautiful. There is a very helpful display describing how these pieces were molded.

Thank FestBT
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Reviewed March 23, 2015

We took the local bus in to the city of San Jose from our hotel The Crowne Plaza . The journey was only around 10 mins to the centre . We made our way to The Plaza de la Cultura and the museum was underground . Quite interesting exhibits , good for children as they can interact with the exibits... More 

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Moraga, California
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Reviewed March 22, 2015

I believe this is one of the largest collections of Pre-Columbian gold in the world. I loved the entire exhibit, as in addition to the lovely well-preserved gold, it was a beautifully curated journey through Costa Rican history and cultures.

Thank Vickmack
Croydon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 20, 2015

Three storeys below Plaza de la Cultura and just off the pedestrianised area of Avenida Central, near the National Theatre. Admission is approx. $11 per (non national) person, The museum focuses on Pre Columbian Gold and it's somewhat mistaken attraction by the Spanish Conquistadores and is good for that but, in this reviewers eyes, the paucity of the exhibits and... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed the museum immensely although we expected to see some gold coins. The exhibits were well presented and explained but could have used additional interactive and audio visual explanations. Overall, it is worth visiting when in Downtown San Jose.

Thank Hyton
San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is an interesting museum as it has a lot of artifacts from Costa Rica. They have other items besides gold and it is in the fun part of San Jose. They also have the history of Costa Rican currency. Nice for families.

Thank laly55

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