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See the world’s most extensive display of American jade at Jade Museum. Founded in 1977 by Fidel Tristan Castro, the museum hosts almost 7000 pieces of jade relics, as well as decorative pieces and artifacts made from other materials. Learn about the history of jade processing and its uses throughout the ages, see a raw block of the precious gemstone, and admire the impressive jade carvings and jewelry. Roam the other parts of the museum for exhibits about Costa Rican culture and traditions, as well as interesting ceramic, gold, and marble items. To visit Jade Museum on your holiday in San Jose, and find out what else San Jose has to offer, use our San Jose itinerary maker site .
Jade Museum Reviews
I was satisfied of visiting this museum which was even more crowded than the gold museum. There are a lot of jade objects very well presented. The building is very modern and attractive. more »
Very modern venue showing the development and history of the diamond of the western hemisphere. Jade is an amazing stone and the variety are fascinating. A little expensive to visit but if you have th... more »
Really detailed exhibits showing the history of the native Americans and their traditions before the arrival of the Spaniards. Although, most of the exhibits were centered around Jade, there's still a lot of general archeological exhibits. I really loved the exhibit that had a prototype of a dig. I would say it was worth spending 2 hours here to go over all the floors. The only minus for me was that they didn't have a lot to offer at the gift shop. Would have been nice to be able to buy some jade as a keepsake.
A fantastic collection of jade and pottery spread out over several floors. Very interesting exhibits charting the culture of the native people. The amount and quality of the preserved relics is almost overwhelming. Well worth the visit if you happen to be in the capital.
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