Precolumbian Gold Museum, San Jose

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Inspect and observe thousands of artifacts from throughout the country's recorded history at Precolumbian 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. To visit Precolumbian Gold Museum and other attractions in San Jose, use our San Jose vacation planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    In this museum you can see pieces made with gold by the inhabitants of the region in pre-Columbian times, its use was reflected the culture of the people and the status or function of who wielded them; In addition the techniques used are displayed for their realization.
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  • August 14, 2017
    I liked more the temporary exhibition the collection of gold pieces exhibited, although most of them are very parent collection is very limited. Inside the Museum an exhibition of interesting numismatics is also to get to know the Costa Rican currency. For foreigners costs US $11 entry, a bit expensive in comparison to what it offers.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The museum is fairly new and very attractive once inside. It's situated in the main square in the central area, underneath the Theatro with an entry from street Calle 5 The top level covers an interes...  more »
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  • March 6, 2017
    Honestly, the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and Numismatic Museum are a little bit of a let-down, especially given the higher entry prices charged to foreigners. Sure, there's some cool old stuff to see, but the coin museum part is very brief, and the whole experience doesn't quite live up to the hype. The kids were bored very quickly, and the gift shop is only good for some reproduction jewelry. Consider other options first.
  • March 21, 2017
    This wide ranging set of exhibits is a must see, especially the pre-columbian exhibit. The other exhibits (coins and modern art) come under the ticket for the gold exhibit.
  • January 14, 2017
    Museum about money and gold history in Costa Rica. The interior design is very delightful. The building includes three stories. The variety of golden arts in different size are amazing.
  • January 18, 2017
    If you happen to have some extra time in San Jose definitely pay a visit. The entrance is about $10 per person. You could do the entire museum in less than an hour. Its not s Smithsonian so adjust your expectations. The museum does give you a very good overview of the Costa Rican history during Pre and Post Columbian era.
  • March 23, 2017
    Really cool collection of currency on the first floor, and native gold trinkets and artifacts from the pre Colombian era downstairs. Generally a cool exhibit with some out of place oddities here and there.

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