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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  • Museum with very beautiful works in gold and especially a re-enactment of life pre-Colombian and how were the casts in gold. Very interresting.
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  • The CR Precolumbian Gold Museum has the very best archeological gold artifact collection in Costa Rica and the third largest in the world. Very impressive ! So many pieces! You can also admire the lar...  more »
  • This is something nice to do if you are trying to kill time in San Jose. Reasonable priced and it took about an hour to tour. However I learned more from so.e of my guides later on in the trip about w...  more »
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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.