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. See Precolumbian Gold Museum and all San Jose has to offer by arranging your trip with our San Jose itinerary planning site .
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  • all the precolombian gold you'll want to see. This museum sits almost under the National Theater. its several levels underground. in certain expositions..lighting can be improved, but overall very edu...  more »
  • Since we were walking by the famous central Avenue in San Jose, we could not enter so famous Museum. Unique CR architecture type pyramid towards the basement. Exhibition of coins, art and tico gold. Quick tour on your own, I think that it is not suitable for little ones. It has to be part of your collection of photos from the trip!
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  • Jewelry made by the Indians of yesteryear, with precious works representative of the wildlife, beautiful necklaces, earrings... totally recommended! In the same building there is a Museum of coins and older bills, very nice.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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