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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  • Pre-Columbian scenes of life engaged me as did the Shaman Tradition. Similarities between this early culture and that of the early Zhou and Qin Chinese dynasties surprised me, as did the comparable bu...  more »
  • Beautifully designed and laid out, with excellent exhibits and interactive visuals as well - extremely informative and interesting. My only criticism - and it's minor - is that the visual display prom...  more »
  • Large rambling collection which could benefit from some rationalisation or better curating. Seems to be newest building in town with the rest of the area looking run-down. Some of the better pieces cu...  more »
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  • This museum born in 1977 and was founded by the first president of the National Insurance Institute, Fidel Tristán Castro, today the museum bears his name. Originally located in the 11 floor of the INS building, it reside in a new home since 2014 one block west of the National Museum. This place holds one of the biggest collections of Jade gold and stone jewelry as well as ceramic and stone artifacts and other pieces from 500 BC to 800 AD separated y five rooms in three floors. Here you can also find a room for temporary exhibitions for national and international artist.
  • I LOVE this museum. It was probably one of the most interactive museums I’ve been to. There are 3/4 floors with exhibits that walk you through the history of jade in the country. It’s great for kids and families.
  • Beautiful museum for the family. It needs a little more information, but overall a good place to visit if you are in San José and have time.
  • Very good museum. It explain how indigenous use the jade stone. the figures they made and what they represent. You can also see some educational games for kids and adults. there are digital monitor that you can look out what are you are looking at and they give you additional information in spanish and english. They have an special exhibit of Coco Island. This island is protectect and very few people can visit it, scientist... student with id is $5, adults $15. But the first floor is free of charge, you can see a summary of all the floors, some special exhibit, the gift shop(expensive and very poor) and a small cafeteria with wifi and bathrooms. If you have time or kids it will be good to pay and see it all.
  • A big museum but with missing info. It has a long way to better itself. Nevertheless it’s worth it if you don’t know anything about precolombina civilizations
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