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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))
Phone Number: 506-243-4202
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A large collection of indigenous gold art.

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Fascinating museum, interesting architecture

The museum provided an English-speaking guide for our group -- he was good but not great. The temporary exhibit upstairs just had descriptions in Spanish, but those related to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
SandyRiver
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Stamford CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum provided an English-speaking guide for our group -- he was good but not great. The temporary exhibit upstairs just had descriptions in Spanish, but those related to the gold history were in English as well. Many beautiful objects in both gold and in ceramic and wood -- but did not have iron.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum was really nice and the artifacts were stunning, but we felt confused walking around, there didn't seem to be much order to museum!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are a jeweler or interested in this type of material you would enjoy this. For everyone else the exhibit seemed repetitive, boring and small. I felt like I saw the same things over and over as well as read the same things. I would save my money next time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had some time to spend in San Jose and weren't sure about going to a museum with our kids who are a little active and may not have the patience for it. BUT... we went with the Gold museum because my wife and I wanted more information about the pre-Columbian history of Costa Rica. It was a great choice.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When it started to rain one day we went here and although it's a rather short visit it's very interesting. About an hour and you have seen everything

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

i did not find this very interesting. it was hard to follow, no directions, and not many exhibits. the first thing i came to was a movie about prostitutes, in spanish of course. when i finally found the entrance to the main exhibit, it was still confusing on where to go to see everything. things are spread out over 3... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Gold museum is a nice place to see if you are into culture and history. We did this tour on one of the City Tours. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots to see and lots of information about the indigenous people and their culture as well as the archaeological process and work to find the many artefacts. The reason I can't give a 5 star rating is that when we were there maintenance was going on and the sound of drilling was unbearable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you wanna go to a place to watch beautiful pieces of art and to learn about the pre-colombine culture or general culture of Costa Rica this is your place. Great place to learn and in some occasions they have temporal expositions that are very good too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a surprisingly modern space in the city centre and easy to miss. Do go in there, the golden artefacts are stunning and when we were there an exhibition of modern sculptures and paintings was fascinating.

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