Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
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A large collection of indigenous gold art.
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swisstraveller
Berne525 contributions
Dec. 2021
The gold museum is very much worth visiting and one of the main reasons I wanted to spent time in San José. Its in a very interesting building (in terms of architecture) which belongs to one of the main Costa Rican banks (which shows in the way the building is build), and the other two small museums in the same building are also worth visiting.

The gold museum is very well done, with good explenations in spanisch and englisch. There were only a few other visitors when I visited, which added to the pleasant experience. I very much enjoyed the movie/video explenation of a BriBri shaman house.
Written December 17, 2021
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Dr Trish Sanders
Carpinteria, CA94 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Couples
The history of Costa Rica is captured here especially with the original gold. It’s well worth the time to take to see this exhibit
Written November 28, 2021
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jim1231
Statesville, NC207 contributions
Nov. 2021
While we loved the Jade Museum we enjoyed the Gold Museum as well. It's well put together but not overly impressive. You need about an hour to view everything. It's not interactive and is rather traditional.
Written November 21, 2021
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billk2345678
Reno, NV468 contributions
Oct. 2021
Loved this presentation, from the artifacts and curation down the the siting and style of the building. If it's raining, do take care traversing the plaza above as the puddles are invisible.

There were two anthropologists working the floor when I visited, both spoke English, but one was fluent enough to speak with nuance and therefore we had a rich conversation in two haves during the 2+ hours I spent here.

You are able to learn about the evolution of metallurgy locally, what was made of gold and why, how it was used etc. There was also a display where you could see a figure wearing a complete ensemble which was quite helpful. The best artisans made very very beautiful pieces that were very detailed.

Upstairs there was a numismatic presentation of Costa Rican currency. I was especially taken by the presentation of marked coins that only circulated among tuberculosis and leprosy sanatoriums to prevent the diseases from spreading to the general population.
Written November 14, 2021
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robocop2013
Orlando, FL12 contributions
Sep. 2021
A museum that has an incredible amount of objects made of gold, even though the majority of the objects were taken out of Costa Rica through the years. The details of the objects are incredible and they did not have the tools that we have now a days. It should be a must to see if you are visiting San Jose. Expect to spend at least 1 to 2 hours.
Written October 28, 2021
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Carlos N
Miami, FL189 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Couples
The building architectire is cool. You will find a good collection of pre-Columbian gold jewelry and artifacts. Many of the objects are repeated several times, so it gets somehow boring at a point. The tickets are $18 dollars, what I think is high for the experience.
Written August 1, 2021
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Mike B
Jerusalem, Israel681 contributions
Jul. 2021 • Friends
This museum is called the "Gold Museum" in Spanish, due to the large quantity of artifacts made from gold.
The museum also hosts a numismatic collections of Costa Rica coins.
There is also an art gallery with local artists.
Written July 3, 2021
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Melissa K
Winter Park, FL20 contributions
Jun. 2021
This small but very interesting museum is worth the 1-2 hours it takes to see. The film about the indigenous people and their efforts to maintain their language is excellent. I highly recommend spending a little time at this museum.
Written June 22, 2021
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Thom T
Boca Raton, FL6,900 contributions
May 2021 • Solo
I'm into pre-Columbian cultures and I love museums of all sorts. I certainly enjoyed this one with its gold and ceramic artifacts. Don't miss this museum when you're in town.
Written May 18, 2021
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Marcela B
Iowa3 contributions
Apr. 2021
Great collection of pre-columbian gold. The underground building is beautiful and it really makes a great scenery for such an important treasure.
Written April 19, 2021
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