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“A must see.”
Review of Jade Museum

Jade Museum
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US$15.00*
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San Jose Jade Museum General Admission Ticket
Ranked #3 of 119 things to do in San Jose
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage
San Jose, Costa Rica
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A must see.”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

Not only is it the largest jade collection in the world, it's a world-class Pre-Columbian collection of many other goods as well. The 5 story multi-million dollar building is a beauty. There is a Shamanic collection of pieces that is truly memorable and lots to keep both children and adults interested.

The 7,000+ piece strong collection has never been exhibited in its entirety before now- the breadth of it and the quality is really something to behold. We are expats going on our third year here and it can be dicey to recommend museums and trips into San Jose which can quickly become an all too urban experience. However, the new location is a gem. Our guests liked the museum so much they stayed on to go back after a terrific lunch at an authentic Italian restaurant that is within striking distance of the museum and took a cab back. (on the corner just past the parking that sits behind the museum--- Sapore Trattoria 2222-8906)

The new location makes for a stellar San Jose itinerary-
1. The National Museum is almost next door
2. National Park: There is a beautiful park a couple block's away that is a green oasis and fun people watching.
3. The Gold Museum and National Theater are a stone's throw (my 80 year old Aunt/Uncle and 70+ parents walked this no problem).


*Be sure to take in the noon concert at the National Theater on Tuesday's. It is almost free and a great variety of entertainment is presented- you won't go wrong. Stay for a fascinating tour of the theater after with Jeff- he is extremely knowledgable and has excellent English. Coffee at the cafe is a great finish.

There are some rough spots in the new museum but they are minor and hopefully reflect that it's only been open since the end of May 2014. Ideally, the powers that be will invest in more labeling of the collection and not depend on the computer catalog which is really basic and adds little to understanding the outstanding pieces.


*They were still installing a cafeteria and gift shop when we visited in June 2014.
Good luck!

Visited June 2014
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“World Class Museum”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

The recently inaugurated Jade Museum in San Jose, Costa Rica, provides a great reason to spend some time in Costa Rica´s capital city. The modern building hosts 5 floors and the largest collection of Jade in the whole world. It is beautifully organized and even features interactive games for young children to understand the country´s history.

Visited May 2014
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Not user friendly”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

This museum has just moved to a beautiful new building. The staff were all excited. But in the first hall, we felt truly disappointed. There were any number of beautiful jade objects, but not in any context. There are touch screens showing many of the exhibits, but they show all the items in the room, not just in the display case immediately behind them. These screens make it difficult to locate a particular object, and then all the commentary is only in Spanish. The second floor was not much better, while the third and fourth floors were excellent. All the same, you don't get a second chance to make a first impression

Visited May 2014
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Moravia, Costa Rica
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“Lovely place”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

There is nothing like to learn about your predecessors and how things were done back in time. This museum is a magical trip to the past history not only of Costs Rica but for the entire Central America. You can learn a lot and feel more related with a place that has too much to tell

Visited May 2013
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Millburn, NJ
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“closed.”
Reviewed 16 March 2014

Don't visit as it is currently closed. It is relocating, and even the locals don't know that. We walked there only to find the sign posted. Wait until there is a new location with a phone number you can call to confirm.

Visited February 2014
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