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Precolumbian Gold Museum

Calle 5 | between Central and 2nd Ave, San Jose, Costa Rica
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A large collection of indigenous gold art.
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  • Average10%
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Calle 5 | between Central and 2nd Ave, San Jose, Costa Rica
Calle 5 | between Central and 2nd Ave, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday

The museum is in the former vaults of an old bank and still has the thick vault doors. The gold exhibits are amazing. The history of of money was also interesting

Thank kateandmark
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I’m not normally into this kind of thing but it was very interesting to learn how gold became an monetary item. Good place to go

Thank RobSCFC
Reviewed 5 days ago

The gold artifacts as well as other items were very interesting. They also had good explanations in English which helped with one's enjoyment of the museum.

Thank skuebbing
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This museum is quite unique with its architecture. One steps down 3 floors until getting to the amazing golden treasures of the ancient pre-historic period. A big compliment to the organizer of the exposition. Everything is explained in a simple way, so one gets a...More

Thank 1950fede
Reviewed 6 days ago

Even though CR´s indigenous population before the colonies was not big, it was very rich because we were at the center of North and South. Our original indigenous culture is big because of its richness not becuase of our numbers. This is a Museum that...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

This museum is amazing and a must see when in San Jose - buy the pass and go see all three museums it is well worth it!

Thank Kerrie E
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was hugely impressed with the variety and number of exhibits, each with thorough background info, in English text. My Guide, Roy Lang, suggested we pop in for an afternoon. The next couple of hours really helped me put culture into context. It was an...More

Thank Wrinkled_Gringo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is accessed from the Cultural Square along side the national theatre. There are three floors artefacts, the final one being the Gold Collection. We had the benefit of a guide which made the whole experience much more enjoyable bringing the history to life....More

Thank Sharon L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The weather was a little chilly, so we ducked in. There was an exhibition that showcased the art that answers life’s great questions like “what is my place in the world?” Oh, the gold was cool too.

Thank Marykan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth spending 1.5-2.5 hours depending on one’s interest (and children’s patience) Amazing collection of gold artefacts and mint history in Costa Rica

Thank mihaela m
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Ryan H
11 July 2016|
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17 March 2016|
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Response from jeff s | Reviewed this property |
About $6 per person - don't know the children's entry fee. There is a lot of "eye-candy" to catch a young child's attention. Gold really shines! Also, many of the sculptures and carved pieces are uniquely shaped and... More
Charlie D
11 February 2015|
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Response from irishtea3 | Reviewed this property |
I was there in August and as a tourist and not a Costa Rican the charge was $11 USD. Not sure if price went up or if the $ is better but there was no discount for tourists.