Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, San Jose

Specialty Museum · Museum
Inspect and observe thousands of artifacts from throughout the country's recorded history at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Located underground beneath the central bank, the collection has been building since the 1950s and today holds ancient gold pieces, pottery from well before European contact, and a collection focused on the everyday activities of the country's indigenous peoples. The gift shop sells jewelry, books, and indigenous crafts. See Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and all San Jose has to offer by arranging your trip with our San Jose itinerary planning site.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Pre-Columbian Gold Museum reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
2,400 reviews
  • I have taken my English class students to this museum. The staff is fantastic, very friendly, kind and helpful. The displays are top!! Nice atmosphere, very educational field trip, and the...  more »
  • A bit of a faff to get your tickets. The building is beautiful and the displays are lovingly shown. The information is concise and meaningful, but it's all a bit boring and repetitive.  more »
  • We did not pre-book and on a mid-Sunday afternoon that was not a problem. Non-flash photography is permitted. The very best pieces are near the end. There are also pieces of pottery and...  more »
  • This was a beautiful museum!! So interesting, lots of context, and great exhibits. There was a nice modern art exhibit in the temporary space as well. We loved the video showing how modern Costa Rican people are keeping their tribes alive. We also loved the small exhibition on coins on the first floor! Very enjoyable!
  • I'm not really a museum kind of guy, but I enjoyed this one. Good commentary signs in both Spanish and English. Not a large museum, but you can still spend some time here. Fun fact, the only underground building in San José. This museum can be bought as a three museum package.
  • Loved this museum. Provides some great context for first time Costa Rico visitors. Specifically enjoyed learning about the indigenous clans’ world views. I hope they continue to expand the museum because they are doing a great job.
  • Underground Vault museum in the middle of el mercado central. Very beautiful gold pieces and lots of history of the original tribes and what they went through being conquered by Europeans. Understanding this history is vital whether you have European descent or native blood. There’s a student discount as well, the museum see a to be continuously expanding and opening new exhibits. Stay and watch the documentary at the end
  • This museum has a beautiful collection of pie Columbian Gold pieces and just as interesting, many many antique coins dating as far back as they go. All of it is displayed with historical background. That said if you go to any of the other museums you will see many of the same gold pieces and history.

Plan your trip to San Jose

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.