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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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A large collection of indigenous gold art.

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Fascinating look at gold jewelry, artifacts and casting in times before Columbus. Fascinating and educational displays

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinating look at gold jewelry, artifacts and casting in times before Columbus. Fascinating and educational displays

Thank jleehahn
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To be sure, this is a remarkable collection of pre-Columbian gold artifacts. But there was precious little information about the pieces, there seemed to be no bilingual staff who could discuss the significance of the pieces, and the 10-minute movie (English subtitles) was just fair. Not a bad museum, just not... fully realized.

Thank JohnBigboote503
Springfield, Missouri
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very well laid out museum combining the artifacts with historical context in a modern style exhibition. Worth your time.

Thank Bill M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazing Museum that is situated in San Jose, the entrance ticket costs $10, this museum has three levels, the museum levels descend, the collection ranges from coins and to pre-Columbian pottery and other like artefacts, also displays the lifestyles of the people who then inhabited the area, its definitely worth the visit, to find it, just walk... More 

Thank Nyron2015
Williamsburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This relatively small museum in downtown San Jose was well worth it. It covered the history of gold fabrication in the region from pre-colombian times. The design and processing details were captivating. The additional exhibit exhibit when we were there was the Numismatic Exhibition following the history of currency in Costa Rica and the region. Wish we had spent more... More 

Thank Ed H
Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A well laid out museum with lots of very unusual pottery. A model of a precolumbian village was extremely detailed and very well made.

Thank lesleyrosemary
San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You will walk into a giant safe and see what is probably the largest collection of pre-Columbian gold in the world. Explanations are in both Spanish and English. This is a much larger collection than in the Gold Museum in Columbia. There are many exhibits that explain how the pieces were created. Do not miss this place.

Thank Karlcarl
Portland, Oregon, United States
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although San Jose isn't a very nice city, this museum was worth a visit. Lots of interesting exhibits with English translations.

Thank Dani R
North Bay, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had avoided this museum for the two weeks we've been in San Jose. Somehow, a gold museum just seemed like it would be gaudy and over the top. This proved to be erroneous. First, this is a triple-header attraction with the gold being the largest display. The other areas are devoted to currency and to art. All three areas... More 

Thank PTP46
Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On the day we went, about half of the displays and exhibits were closed. Although some of the gold was interesting, the concept got boring relatively quickly. There isn't a lot here to go through compared to many museums in the US. It took us less than an hour to read and go though all three open exhibits. Worth going... More 

Thank Michael H

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