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Address: Central Av | Street 13 and 13 bis, San Jose 10106, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2521 6610
10:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Jade Museum and of precolumbian culture is positioned as an innovative...

The Jade Museum and of precolumbian culture is positioned as an innovative state-of-the-art cultural proposal in the protection and conservation of archaeological heritage in Central America. Located in the center of Costa Rics's capital, the building was especially constructed to house the museum's collection, its architecture evoking a cut jade block. Its five levels exhibit objects crafted by artisans specialized in solving their daily subsistence needs, their spiritual and political world.

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A lot more than jade

This very modern facility has a lot more to see than just jade. In fact, the jade artefacts seem to form only a small amount of what's on display. There is pottery, stoneware... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This very modern facility has a lot more to see than just jade. In fact, the jade artefacts seem to form only a small amount of what's on display. There is pottery, stoneware, statues, tools and in one gallery, some very modern art. It's well worth seeing.

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Santa Monica, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful and newer museum with modern architecture. There are five (5) floors of art that represent Costa Rican culture. The museum is well thought out and organized. It was a nice little surprise.

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Deal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic exhibition of precolombian history. Five floors building fully packed with precolombian ceramic, gold and jade objects. Very well presented with interactive possibilities for younger visitors. Good visual displays and good enough explanations to keep you informed and curious. Staff friendly and helpful.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice museum, though a bit spread out. The multiple floors and lack of signage made it a bit confusing as to where to go next. But, the pieces were interesting and we spent a good amount of time there. So, I would recommend this museum. There is a nice coffee shop downstairs also.

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Port St. Lucie
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the only museum we visited in San Jose and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It is well laid out and easy and to follow. The displays were organized and had plenty of information. I had expected to see lots of jade and jade carvings but the majority of displays were pottery with jade pieces here and there. It was... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an ultra-modern Museum in a well laid-out building with incredibly accessible and visible exhibitions. I was truly impressed by the diversity of the artifacts and exhibits.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As museums go, a nNice new facility - entry was $15USD - for 5 floors of clay pots, figurines and replica Indian life and burials. lots of old clay pots with a smattering of jade. It may be of more interest when its raining in SJO or a student archiologist

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

5 floors- very interesting- 5th floor has modern day art and sculptures which are very cool- the lower four floors entertain with the history of the culture

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Interactive exhibits and beautiful organization make this the best museum in town. Great for young and old alike!

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

The museum is beautiful, a lot of artifacts and interactions but also I believe it was too expensive for what it is. Basically 5 floors of similar artifacts for a $15.00 entrance fee for tourists.

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