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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  • A very short walk from the National Theatre.Well worth a visit. Gold Exhibits are beautiful.Lifts available to all three levels. 
  • In this museum you will find Costa Rican pre-Columbian art, it is very representative of our pre-Columbian era
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  • Excellent displays... equal is can go with the family or only... or to reality a very good project of history for them boys school... gives a vision complete and fascinate of what is studied in studies social of primary... PREFERRED
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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.