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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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Half-Day San Jose City Tour
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Discover Costa Rica's Capital City and Museums
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The level of craftsmanship and detail is amazing and on display

Normally museums are giant buildings but this one is unique in that it is underground, but given the amount of gold on display, it is perfectly understandable. The wide assortment... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Normally museums are giant buildings but this one is unique in that it is underground, but given the amount of gold on display, it is perfectly understandable. The wide assortment of piees are professionally displayed and one is able to get close enough to see even the tiniest of details, and it is amazing how tiny some of them are,... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I thought this was a nice place that had a lot of history. Very well set up, clean, and allot to see. Excellent idea for any traveler

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came inside to avoid the rain but was impressed bye what was in this museum. A trip to history of currency from the indigenous population until today. There are three levels and it's not a large complex so you should have time to see everything. Well worth the price of admission.

Thank richj65
London England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have some time to spare whilst in San Jose and want to learn the history behind the Colone and everything else finance related then this is the place to go. Lots of information provided.

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Camberley UK
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our trip to the gold Museum but found it very noisy and odd that a large group of mothers were playing & doing a photo shoot by the entrance when we arrived. The children were very young and several were screaming the group proceeded around the Museum taking photos. Several school groups also attended whilst we were there... More 

Thank annettet
Incline Village, Nevada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum's artifacts are well presented and explanations in English are excellent. I found the section on how gold pieces were cast by the native peoples to be very interesting. There's not much to see/do in San Jose for tourists and this is definitely one of the spots to visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Decent museum underground in vaults in the main city of San Jose. The most interesting part is on level 1 - Costa Rican money through the years. Levels 2 and 3 are aimed at ancient trade of gold and metallurgy which was also interesting. Nice way to spend an hour or two.

Thank Ben N
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the few interesting museums in San Jose, well worth a visit. Gives insight to the history of South America and the region of Costa Rica.

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Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a OK museum, but there's not really while lot to see. It was very clean and people were friendly, but there just not enough to see. What they had through was interesting.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

nice little museum with good gold and pre-columbian history, great to understand pre-invasion context of the country, good for kids too

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