Jade Museum, San Jose

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See the world’s most extensive display of American jade at Jade Museum. Founded in 1977 by Fidel Tristan Castro, the museum hosts almost 7000 pieces of jade relics, as well as decorative pieces and artifacts made from other materials. Learn about the history of jade processing and its uses throughout the ages, see a raw block of the precious gemstone, and admire the impressive jade carvings and jewelry. Roam the other parts of the museum for exhibits about Costa Rican culture and traditions, as well as interesting ceramic, gold, and marble items. To visit Jade Museum on your holiday in San Jose, and find out what else San Jose has to offer, use our San Jose.
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  • The first floor has a magnificent collection of jade the rest of the floors show part of the culture with various artifacts of different indigenous art styles.  more »
  • Enjoyed viewing and learning the history of Jade in the Americas. I was surprised at this phenomenon. Excellent, very setting modern and excellent lighting. Well done.  more »
  • Three of us visited on a Saturday afternoon. Place was quiet. Four floors of exhibits. A bit pricey for a museum, non CRs pay more. Exhibits on Jade and pottery and on the pre-Spanish cultures...  more »
  • Certainly worth visiting. Great collection of jade objects and more. The animal figurines are amazing. The interactive parts work a bit less well. We spend 2 hours at this museum. No bags and bag packs allowed but you find free lockers at the entrance
  • Wonderful Exhibit! It's not just a jade museum, they artistically display the history and various uses of jade all throughout Costa Rican history. Whether you're a fan of pretty rocks or a history buff, this is a place I would highly recommend touring. They also gave a student discount for the entry, which was a nice touch
  • This was a HUGE museum! 5 floors of exhibits showing tons of artifacts from Costa Rica's ancient history. It was interesting to learn about the use and carving of Jade, and there were alot of written descriptions and videos that gave context in Spanish and English. We were a little exhausted from the sheer amount by the time we reached the 5th floor, but each gallery was so different and unique we wanted to keep going!! Only disappointment was the gift shop, but the Gold Museum had a nice gift shop not far away
  • Wonderful museum in the middle of the city. Exquisite figurines and artifacts made of Jade and other materials. Lots of information about the early settlers of Costa Rica and Mesoamerica. Worth visiting.
  • My 4th favourite museum. Lots of receptive objects like ancient urns and artifacts. Some interesting interactive rooms.

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