Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, San Jose

4.4
Inspect and observe thousands of artifacts from throughout the country's recorded history at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Located underground beneath the central bank, the collection has been building since the 1950s and today holds ancient gold pieces, pottery from well before European contact, and a collection focused on the everyday activities of the country's indigenous peoples. The gift shop sells jewelry, books, and indigenous crafts. See Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and all San Jose has to offer by arranging your trip with our San Jose itinerary planning site.
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  • telling you about gold and its importance in the culture of south and middle America, showcasing some very beautiful pieces, showing some ways how to create pieces of art from gold and tells you...  more »
  • I can only say that it is a bit of a misrepresentation to promote this as "The Museum of Gold". Rather, seemed to us to be mostly a superbly laid-out and executed museum about pre-columbian...  more »
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  • This was a beautiful museum!! So interesting, lots of context, and great exhibits. There was a nice modern art exhibit in the temporary space as well. We loved the video showing how modern Costa Rican people are keeping their tribes alive. We also loved the small exhibition on coins on the first floor! Very enjoyable!
  • I'm not really a museum kind of guy, but I enjoyed this one. Good commentary signs in both Spanish and English. Not a large museum, but you can still spend some time here. Fun fact, the only underground building in San José. This museum can be bought as a three museum package.
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