Precolumbian Gold Museum, San Jose
(4.4/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Wonderful layout! A lot of facts and artifacts. Not only gold, but history, way of life, animals and produce through Costa Rican civilization. Coins and bank notes through time, and also art! Worth a ...  more »
  • The museum is in the vaults of a bank, quite apt. Despite the fact that there were some works in progress, this did not detract from the experience. There is clearly written information in English and...  more »
  • Here you will find the general history of Costa Rica, very interesting. Also here is the Museum of the currency, beautiful know about the design of their beautiful tickets.
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  • It's a bank! No really. The vault doors of the coinage rooms you can't take pictures of. The history of the Costa Rican monetary system is fully realized here. Great artifacts. The place has like 3 levels, though, and the 1/2 levels are a great contrast to the entry fiduciary exhibits; namely, indigenous history. There's also a guest exhibition which i assume rotates every so often... I found it interesting even though the topic obviously did not sit well with the locals... The topic being death.
  • Interesting museum. They offer discounts for college students from any country and Costa Rican nationals. Multiple levels with a mix of currency history, life before first contact with European nations, and the changes since.
  • Includes exhibits on pre-Columbian culture and the development of the modern banking system. Also several modern art exhibits.
  • Nice museum very informative. Admission is high like every other place in Costa Rica
  • Very nice and interactive museum. All exhibits are in Spanish and English. The Pre-Columbian Music exhibit was really awesome. There is a little kiosk where you can mix your own Pre-Columbian beats.