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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
North Bay, Canada
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North Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

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San Bernardino, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This Gold Museum is located on the level below the Plaza de la Cultura in busy downtown San Jose. It is part of a complex of three museums - Museos del Banco Central de Costa Rica. Your entry fee of $11 allows entry into all three museums. Although, we had time for only the Gold Museum, it certainly was worth... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Small but nice. If you like to admire artifacts from precolumbian tribes you'll enjoy the museum. The part about how the gold artifacts were made was very well done. Also has temporary exhibits. The one we saw about the history of costa rican money was very interesting. If you plan to spend some time in San Jose I recommend you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum delivers as promised with a collection of striking old gold ornaments,articles and baubles. The process for their creation is clearly explained with descriptions of the painstaking process to create such beauty. The collection is housed in a modern 'inverted' building where the visitor descends in order to access the collection and other exhibits.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Best experience ever! if you are in Costa Rica, you should go where !!! very interesting and informative! you can found lot of information about how people lived before Spanish conquest, how they produced golden staff for beauty fro warriors and etc Really felt Explorers that day!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a very modern building. Extensive displays on the history of Costa Rica including gold displays. For me, it was more information that I wanted. I don't think it would be a "must see." Located downtown walking distance from main square.

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed the exhibit with its signage in both Spanish and English that not only included the artifacts of the period but a great deal of detail about the people, social structure and skills required for gold making. I found it fascinating. Parts of the exhibit are aging, especially the interactive section in which you match the gold image to... More 

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Blumenau, SC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's an ok museum, a bit larger than it seems to be from the outside. Features lots of coins and paper money with related history, and as you go down to the lower floors some ancient native objects. Price is ok. Worth the visit.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Based around gold artifacts, the museum tells the story of very early Costa Rica from the Pre-Columbian days as tribal Indians to the beginnings of civilization during the 16th century. Definitely worth seeing.

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