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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  • The museum is in the former vaults of an old bank and still has the thick vault doors. The gold exhibits are amazing. The history of of money was also interesting  more »
  • The gold Museum has impressed me. Especially the deep insight into the history of Costa Rica. Also the architecture of the Museum has amazed me.
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  • I’m not normally into this kind of thing but it was very interesting to learn how gold became an monetary item. Good place to go  more »
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  • The cottage Rica gold museum a bit expensive considering you'll see it in less than an hour but just the building is well worth it, if you are into architecture it's beautiful and well designed, their exhibits are a little bit poor in content but they're interesting.
  • Very nice museum, somewhat small but still very informative and very nice overall
  • Pre-columbian gold collection was worth the visit, for me.
  • Too expensive. Foreigners pay US$31 now.
  • 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.

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