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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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Calle 5 | between Central and 2nd Ave, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 19 March 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed the museum immensely although we expected to see some gold coins. The exhibits were well presented and explained but could have used additional interactive and audio visual explanations. Overall, it is worth visiting when in Downtown San Jose.

Thank Hyton
Reviewed 17 March 2015

This is an interesting museum as it has a lot of artifacts from Costa Rica. They have other items besides gold and it is in the fun part of San Jose. They also have the history of Costa Rican currency. Nice for families.

Thank laly55
Reviewed 16 March 2015

I actually learnt quite a bit about the history of Central America that I would have never known had I not gone to the museum. Lots of artifacts and explanations in English and spanish. Maybe took 45 mins to an hour to go through, very...More

Thank lesleybarr
Reviewed 11 March 2015

Interesting, great building underground downtown. Very informative. A little pricey but worth it if you like history and are interested in the use of gold in ancient times.

Thank anngray_11
Reviewed 10 March 2015

The objects in this museum are truly stunning and intricate. As well as the beautiful artefacts the museum sets out to tell how humans evolved from hunter gatherers into communities. The building is also a striking piece of architecture. Nice gift shop too!

Thank jabjaw
Reviewed 8 March 2015

Good summary on Pre-colombian history and gold exhibits set in a distinctive concrete inverted pyramid but getting a bit dated and could be more inter-active.

Thank sheriffade
Reviewed 6 March 2015

We were part of a group tour with our tour guide providing information at several of the areas. Impressive for all ages.

Thank GaryAdora
Reviewed 5 March 2015

Great gold pieces and good descriptions of the history of Costa Rica. It was worth the money for the entrance fee

Thank floralie2015
Reviewed 5 March 2015

Cost (for non Costa Rican visitors) was $11 per person. Impressive collection in the gold exhibit, secured in bank vault system. Good signage in both Spanish and English so easy to understand the explanation for each showcase. Dioramas fit in well with culture explanation.

1  Thank dinek
Reviewed 4 March 2015

I learned a lot about the process and use of the gold that was made before the Europeans arrived. Intriguing! The temporary exhibit was beautiful and gave a lot of insight to the country's artists. The upper museum was closed which was disappointing!

Thank Danielle L
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Ryan H
How long would you estimate this museum takes to walk through?
11 July 2016|
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Response from WilliamCR | Reviewed this property |
Hi It is possibly in 1h 30min that's true !
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Mikayla R
how much would it be for a child and adult to visit the museum?
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
What is admission fee to Pre-Columbian Gold Museum? And hours?
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.