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Address: Central Av | Street 13 and 13 bis, San Jose 10106, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
+506 2521 6610
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Jade Museum and of precolumbian culture is positioned as an innovative...

The Jade Museum and of precolumbian culture is positioned as an innovative state-of-the-art cultural proposal in the protection and conservation of archaeological heritage in Central America. Located in the center of Costa Rics's capital, the building was especially constructed to house the museum's collection, its architecture evoking a cut jade block. Its five levels exhibit objects crafted by artisans specialized in solving their daily subsistence needs, their spiritual and political world.

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Five floors of amazingly well displayed artifacts!

Wow! This museum is spectacular! Containing far more than just jade artifacts, this building and its displays were thoughtfully and artistically designed to show the world Costa... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Yarmouth, Canada
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Yarmouth, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wow! This museum is spectacular! Containing far more than just jade artifacts, this building and its displays were thoughtfully and artistically designed to show the world Costa Rica's rich pre-Columbian historical artifacts! A wonderful place to get lost in time!

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent about 3 hours here, it is worth the price. Many floors of historical artifacts. It is educational, and informative. Clean, and safe to visit. Downtown San Jose. It is good for adults and your children also. Good event for about 2 to 3 hours.

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Province of Limon, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago

another great place to visit, very intresting pieces! let you know a bit more of costarrican culture, and the history

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Don Carlos hotel and this was within walking distance and recommened by the hotel staff. SO glad we went. Amazing artifacts (many in the stone of the land...jade) and just wonderful displays.We also enjoyed the interactive kid areas where we learned a lot! We have so many wonderful photos (no flash) and I am just enthralled... More 

1 Thank tarantha21
Bunbury, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first stop on the city tour; some 7,000 plus items displayed in various galleries over five levels, translucent jade carvings depicting fertility goddesses, shamans, frogs and snakes plus exquisite samples of other stone carvings, gold and terracotta vases, bowls and figurines from the Pre-Columbian Culture era. Nice to discover that exhibits are explained in both Spanish and... More 

1 Thank Dan L
Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

At first I was not impressed. The museum is on 6 floors (with elevators) and the first floor had displays with nothing but electronic kiosks to describe the works. The kiosks were hard to navigate- they "swiped" slowly and I never could get English text, and you had to hunt for the image of what you were seeing in the... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

The museum itself if accessible, bet to the museum from the street is a headache if you or someone who is accompanying you uses a wheelchair. The museum was very underwhelming. I found the jade exhibits are the Museum de Nacional to be much better in quality and history than the items at the jade museum. Since we had gone... More 

1 Thank Rachel J
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

I visited the museum in April on a weekday morning. They open at around 10:00AM and have a great tourist market shop right next to it. The museum was informative, though a little pricey ($15/pp). Worth a visit. Just don't hang out in the plaza on the side of the museum, I had my iphone stolen right out of my... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

The Jade exhibition only constitutes about 20% of the building, the rest is ceramics, tons of it. Interesting for an hour.

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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Went here a day after visiting the Pre Colombian Gold Museum, and I was floored to see so much more fantastic Costa Rican art and artifacts. Five stories in a unique building, absolutely amazing. Lots of jade of course and how it was processed and what it was used for. But also lots of pottery and stone carvings housed in... More 

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