Jade Museum
Jade Museum
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Jade Museum and of precolumbian culture is positioned as an innovative state-of-the-art cultural proposal in the protection and conservation of archaeological heritage in Central America. Located in the center of Costa Rics's capital, the building was especially constructed to house the museum's collection, its architecture evoking a cut jade block. Its five levels exhibit objects crafted by artisans specialized in solving their daily subsistence needs, their spiritual and political world.
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  • Sheena B
    Chacombe, United Kingdom280 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful museum
    This is a really interesting museum. It is well laid out with lots of 3D models of early people and absolutely beautiful original jade and clay artefacts. Most of the labelling provides an English translation. There are many interactive displays which would interest children and soundscapes and video presentations
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 July 2023
  • JeniT
    Te Kuiti, New Zealand63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum to visit
    An extremely well designed building with lots of interactive exhibits. Excellent signage in English and everything was well displayed. It contains the largest collection of pre Colombian jade pieces in the Americas. Was a huge collection of pre Colombian ceramics as well. There was the general area then two others - night and day which were both well worth a look. We spent a good two hours there . Well worth the entry fee
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • CLMoo7
    Chesham, United Kingdom49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting place for a short visit
    An interesting and well ordered display of jade, pottery and other artefacts that provided a good understanding of how they were used. The visit has also given us a reasonable summary of the lives of the pre Colombian peoples. There seemed to be some repetition in the items displayed, but certainly worth a visit for an hour or two.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Peter m
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent and informative museum
    We were looking for something interesting to do on our one day in San Jose Costa Rica and the Jade Museum was perfect. Beautifully laid out and covered multiple aspects of Costa Rican culture, not just the jade artifacts. We booked an amazing airbnb (Cando) right across the street that featured a courtyard garden and had a wonderful time.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 November 2023
  • G C
    Anchorage, Alaska1,023 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful exhibits and info about early Costa Rica culture
    We really enjoyed our visit to this wonderful museum in downtown San Jose :). While it features lots of beautiful jade artifacts and info about how these were made, there’s also a lot of well curated exhibits that describe the early cultures of Costa Rica (several additional floors of displays). Definitely recommend seeing this place while you’re in the capital city!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 December 2023
  • Lee L
    Valhalla, New York2,143 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Museum
    Very nice museum with 5 floors of exhibits on Costa Rican History. A lot of the items were jewelry and other similar items. But they also had some artifacts and other items. They did have a temporary exhibit as well. Like the National Museum a little pricey for non Costa Rican citizens at about $20. Didn't spend as much time here as at the National Museum.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 May 2024
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Drucilla S
14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We attended this museum because the National Museum was unexpectedly closed for a private event. It was ~$16 per person, and took us only about one hour to explore fully. I would say this was a $10 museum, not $16. There are not so many exhibits, and many of the artefacts are presented without details. If money and time are no issue to you, then it is fine. Otherwise I would not recommend.
Written 2 May 2024
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Lee L
Valhalla, NY2,143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Very nice museum with 5 floors of exhibits on Costa Rican History. A lot of the items were jewelry and other similar items. But they also had some artifacts and other items. They did have a temporary exhibit as well.

Like the National Museum a little pricey for non Costa Rican citizens at about $20. Didn't spend as much time here as at the National Museum.
Written 2 May 2024
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Tazie
Garden City, KS13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
A must see if history or museums are your thing. So much history and information. 5 floors of an intact works before the colonizers showed up.
Written 29 April 2024
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BLN74
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great little museum with excellent displays and solid interactive extras. Educational and fun. Highly recommended.
Written 25 March 2024
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Chris J
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The museum has always been one of my favorite places to visit with friends and family in San Jose. The floors on Indigenous culture are amazing. However, they recently installed an offensive cattle ranching exhibit next to all of the exhibits on Indigenous culture. Given that cattle ranching is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity and forests, including Indigenous lands, on the planet, it seems deeply offensive to dedicate a floor to the practice within this museum. The country of Costa Rica claims that its ranching is sustainable, but of course this is impossible due to the second law of thermodynamics and the amount of methane that cattle emit. To place pro-cattle propaganda in a museum dedicated to Indigenous culture and its ties to biodiversity seems evil. I don't recommend this museum to anyone until the cattle ranching exhibit is removed.
Written 22 March 2024
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Spirit M
Pacific Grove, CA42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Amazing collection of Jade and ceramics. Very intricate. Many date back over 1000 years. Wonderful displayed.. well worth the $15 fee that foreigners pay.
Written 28 January 2024
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Glossomathitria
New York City, NY114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
After reading some of the rather negative existing reviews, I was surprised to find that this museum is not just good, but quite spectacular. Perhaps some people were disappointed because the name does not give a good idea of the whole scope of the museum.

The building is quite modern, the displays are well-lit and well-explained in Spanish and English, and the collection is stunning. There are three floors (2-4) that give information about the pre-Columbian peoples of the area now called Costa Rica: their way of life, their religious beliefs, their social organization, their burial customs, and more, all illustrated with beautiful objects.

The top floor contains a large display of mostly ceramic objects from the permanent collection that are not currently incorporated into exhibitions that provide context. In a way, this was the most impressive part for me, because I was able to see so many beautiful objects representing a huge variety of functions and styles, all together in a series of tall glass-and-wood cases.

And on the ground floor, I was lucky to be able to see a temporary exhibit about the museum’s first curator, who not only studied indigenous pottery, but painted beautiful watercolors that are displayed in the temporary exhibit together with actual ceramics. It’s open until April 24, 2024, so go see it if you can!
Written 26 January 2024
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DLS72
Augusta, ME51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Wonderful glimpse of history of Costa Rica. The amazing artifacts and special exhibits were great. I would recommend for anyone wanting to learn more about early Costa Rican history.
Written 15 January 2024
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Chicago, IL88 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Great museum. Interactive for kids. A bit pricey for visitors however. I recommend starting at the bottom and making your way up.
Written 26 December 2023
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G C
Anchorage, AK1,023 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed our visit to this wonderful museum in downtown San Jose :). While it features lots of beautiful jade artifacts and info about how these were made, there’s also a lot of well curated exhibits that describe the early cultures of Costa Rica (several additional floors of displays). Definitely recommend seeing this place while you’re in the capital city!
Written 24 December 2023
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