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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  • Spent a very interesting two hours here the coin displays were an interesting insite into Costa Rica's history. The gold work was stunning.  more »
  • During a downpour while we were in San Jose, we decided to take a tour of the gold museum. Generally the displays were well done and informative, though some of the information seemed a bit repetitive...  more »
  • Super nice museum very well curated.. it is located in the cultural plaza under the banco popular building. Walking in feels like walking into a bank volt. Beside a beautiful displayed of pre-Columbia...  more »
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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.