Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
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A large collection of indigenous gold art.
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  • TheRealCostaS
    London, United Kingdom168 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mesoamerican gold museum
    Nice museum, felt it was a bit expensive for what you get to see. It was still impressive to see all the gold work the Mesoamericans did and still worth the visit. Another negative was how the lighting reflected in the glass a lot.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 July 2023
  • JeniT
    Te Kuiti, New Zealand63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    This museum was worth a visit. The museum layout was excellent with items well displayed and labelled in English as well as Spanish. There were great explanations of how the gold was made and the history of where and when it was found. There were also interactive activities to do. Well worth the cost of the entry fee. The museum shop was also worth visiting as it had good quality items for sale
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Sheena B
    Chacombe, United Kingdom280 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful museum
    Don’t be put off by the entrance to this museum, which looks as if you are going into an underground car park! It is beautifully designed huge staircase spiralling into the depths. And I was interested in the pre-Columbian golden gold related to the anthropology and history of Costa Rica. And everything is laid out really well with explanations in English, as well as Spanish really stunning artefacts
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Charles H
    50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    1/2 day Museum tour
    The building itself is very interesting. The temporary exhibits were local artists, which was informatively presented and very interesting. The gold exhibit and Indigenous presentations were very well done. If your interests are pre-Colombian, this is for you. It’s a good morning trip and it’s located in a great spot to walk around town as well.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 November 2023
  • G C
    Anchorage, Alaska1,023 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing displays of gold and other pre-Columbian artifacts
    Located down in lower level below the main central plaza in downtown San Jose, this museum houses a treasure trove of gold and other artifacts dating back to before the arrival of European explorers. It’s popular with both visitors and Ticos, and we enjoyed seeing lots of school pupils learning about their history. Definitely recommend this place!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 December 2023
  • ColleenBadger
    Nanaimo, Canada77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great educational experience
    The excellent museum has The pre Columbian Museo, The Museo de Oro and an art exhibit all under one roof. It is a very interesting building as well as museums. The Pre Columbian and Museo de Oro were very educational . All information is given in Spanish and English. It has hands on sections, audio exhibits and video.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 February 2024
  • Greenlakereener
    Vancouver, Canada714 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Interesting and Worth A Visit…
    We really enjoyed this museum. Besides having a good collection of gold objects and a huge gold nugget, there are displays about the history of Costa Rica and the development of their currency. It’s not a big museum and it only took about an hour to go through all the displays, but it is definitely worth a visit.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 February 2024
  • Lee L
    Valhalla, New York2,143 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Gold museum
    This is a nice little Museum below the National Theatre. They have a very nice collection of gold artifacts from before the Spanish Conquest. They have some other artifacts as well along with a nice collection of Spanish and Costa Rican money. It was nice to see Spanish Doubloons.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 May 2024
  • BPnSD
    San Diego, California22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Artifacts of the Gold Variety, Artwork, Sculptures, and Plenty of History Intertwined
    There are some pretty amusing artifacts on display, various artwork, and sculptures that I found fascinating. If you're one who is intrigued by the history of any place you're in and how things came to be, this will give you a bit of insight. Enjoyable experience IMO.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 May 2024
  • gorskikat
    Katy, Texas34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum!
    Very interesting history of metal work in Costa Rica! Appreciated the collection. There are 3 levels to the museum. At first we had trouble navigating…it’s all underground! The temporary exhibit by artist Faba was terrific too.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2024
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Jean-Pierre G
Nice, France
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Very nice, spacious and didactic museum . One learns a lot on gold, art and social values in precolombian time. Like all museums in San José, it is not cheap (16US$). It is nevertheless highly recommended
Written 5 June 2024
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gorskikat
Katy, TX
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very interesting history of metal work in Costa Rica! Appreciated the collection. There are 3 levels to the museum. At first we had trouble navigating…it’s all underground! The temporary exhibit by artist Faba was terrific too.
Written 26 May 2024
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BPnSD
San Diego, CA
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
There are some pretty amusing artifacts on display, various artwork, and sculptures that I found fascinating. If you're one who is intrigued by the history of any place you're in and how things came to be, this will give you a bit of insight. Enjoyable experience IMO.
Written 4 May 2024
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Lee L
Valhalla, NY
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This is a nice little Museum below the National Theatre. They have a very nice collection of gold artifacts from before the Spanish Conquest. They have some other artifacts as well along with a nice collection of Spanish and Costa Rican money. It was nice to see Spanish Doubloons.
Written 2 May 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
A very interesting museum in San Jose which tell the history and culture of pre-Columbian people in the area through their artistry with metals, particularly gold. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the museum.
Written 25 March 2024
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ahmedNASSIR
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Great amazing history of the museum.stunning collection.we really enjoyed our visit here.you must visit here .worth the fees.
Written 23 March 2024
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Greenlakereener
Vancouver, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We really enjoyed this museum. Besides having a good collection of gold objects and a huge gold nugget, there are displays about the history of Costa Rica and the development of their currency. It’s not a big museum and it only took about an hour to go through all the displays, but it is definitely worth a visit.
Written 26 February 2024
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
As someone who is mainly interested in pre-colonial history, it was really only the pre-columbian part (on the ground floor) that interested me. It goes into a lot of detail about the lives of the indigenous people and how they lived, the stories they told and of course how they molded gold. There was also a section about the animals before the ice age which was interesting.

The second floor had an art exhibition and Petrology (the study of rocks) and the first floor (where you enter in) was about the history of money/the colon. It is recommended that you start at the bottom and work your way up.

If you love all those things, then you will really enjoy this place. However, if you're like me then only the ground floor will peak your interest and you'd only need about 1 hour.

Entry price was CRC 8,400 per adult or $16.
Written 11 February 2024
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ColleenBadger
Nanaimo, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The excellent museum has The pre Columbian Museo, The Museo de Oro and an art exhibit all under one roof. It is a very interesting building as well as museums. The Pre Columbian and Museo de Oro were very educational . All information is given in Spanish and English. It has hands on sections, audio exhibits and video.
Written 4 February 2024
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Murktravel
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Business
nice and well documented, very good lay out and not boring it really tells a story not a waste of money
Written 9 January 2024
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