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 itinerary maker site .
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  • This museum is packed full of four floors of Costa Rican history as shown through its jewelry, burial customs, dress and practices. We learned a lot about the early history of the native population.  more »
  • Our visit to this museum was somewhat disappointing because there was only a small exhibit of jade and the quality was not particularly impressive. The other historical artifacts were actually more in...  more »
  • the truth that a success was to visit this Museum, is a wonder to see all the work that contains the Museum, and the experience of history, I recommend it.
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  • I feel like this museum shouldn't be called the Jade museum but something else. Jade is basically only on the first floor, the rest is pottery, stone etc. Still pretty good museum. They have plenty of English translations. The digital monitors they have around are kind of useless to English speakers. They barely have any information in English. Lots of interactive stuff for the kids. Nice building though. No hammocks though.
  • This is a very interesting place, I would recommend it to anyone who had time to spend in San Jose. The only lacking part of the place was the fact that the amazing pieces in the lobby weren't lit to be displayed properly and the gift shop loses quite an opportunity with such a small inventory of purchaseable items.
  • This location had 5 floors open to the public and only one of them is dedicated to Jade. Its a relatively small museum the decor and information is nice, simple and bilingual is spanish and English. It’s a beautiful museum, just not above and beyond.
  • Great if you like a lot of jade and mayan artifacts... Although very well presented, there was no clear directions to start your journey around the museum, no one checked our tickets either so could have just walked in. Although there is a lot to see, a lot of it was very similar to everything else - a lot of repetition. I was told we'd need about 4hrs to see it all but quite honestly unless your going to read and watch all the videos you can do it in an hour or so. If you have time to burn in the city go visit.
  • Expensive for what you get. It is really well decorated and looks cool, but think the amount you actually learn is fairly low. Kind of like lipstick on a pig
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