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Precolumbian Gold Museum

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Address: Calle 5 | between Central and 2nd Ave, San Jose, Costa Rica (Formerly Gold Museum (Museo del Oro))
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506-243-4202
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A large collection of indigenous gold art.

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Incredible gold artifacts

The displays of the artifacts were well done as well as the historical presentation.Very impressive. I thought it was well worth the entry fee

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The displays of the artifacts were well done as well as the historical presentation.Very impressive. I thought it was well worth the entry fee

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A modern concrete building reminiscent of London South Bank. The exhibitions are arranged over three floors and cover the history of gold artefact manufacture with an extensive number of pieces and interesting back-up information on them. A good way to while away a couple of hours in town.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wonderful art, well displayed. A lot of the works have accompanying comments by the artist. However, the highlights are are gold displays and the excellent writing, in both Spanish and English, that explain how the population of central America could produce such exquisite gold decorations over a thousand years ago. Mind-boggling!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is fairly small compared to most and can be viewed in about an hour. It's three floors of historical artifacts including coins and currency, items made of gold by original inhabitants, and art. The museum is under renovation so there is construction noise but that's mainly on the top floor. You have to walk thru a metal detector... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent one day in San Jose and visited this museum, which has a neat collection and an interesting building.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent collection and good contemporary shows. There is ice collection of pre-Columbian ceramics with good explanations in Spanish & English

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great to get some cultural heritage information on this beautiful country. A refreshing change from all the outdoor adventures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent collection and good contemporary shows. Good history of vista rich through oreColombian artefacts and strong narratives

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice collection of pre-Columbian ceramics with good explanations in Spanish & English. The star of the museum is the displays of pre-Columbian gold pieces and the explanations of how they were created . . . including some pieces uncovered by archeologists with errors in the production process . . . which demonstrate just how technologically advanced the society was pre-conquest.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a beautiful new facility in the heart of San Jose. If you want to learn how Costa Rica came to be, this is a great place to start. The exhibits are mixed with insightful dioramas and well presented information placards to explain the history and purpose of the relics. The displayed items are priceless and well worth... More 

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