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“One of the few nice things to walk arround in San Jose”

Precolumbian Gold Museum
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US$56.00*
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Half-Day San Jose City Tour
Ranked #8 of 130 things to do in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A large collection of indigenous gold art.
Reviewed 22 March 2012

San Jose is not a city worth spending much time in. It is probably one of the ugliest cities we have visited with only the occasional nice looking colonial building. We have been a couple of times and always felt safe walking around over day but we try to avoid spending much time in San Jose.
If you find yourself having to spend a couple of hours in San Jose it is worth a visit.
I really like the gold museum and have now a small collection of copies of the pre Columbian gold jewellery they have in the museum!
If you don’t make it to the museum or the shop doesn’t have the styles you like they sell some styles in the airport shops.

1  Thank GLJDavies
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

If you find yourself in downtown San Jose and have any interest in archeology or cultural history, this museum is well worth a visit. We spent about 90 minutes here just on the 2nd and 3rd levels (we skipped the numismatic exhibit on level 1). Signage is in Spanish and English; photography was allowed without flash.

Thank BonB
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

San Jose is dirty and seedy. This is one of the nicer buildings, but not much to see

Thank Wehadfun
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

This is a great museum to see the gold artifacts made by the Indians. The gold shows the fine work that these and the Indians in Panama made. It was much finer than Mexican and Inca gold work in Peru. In fact those tribes came to trade for the finer gold works. The museum is under the park next to the Opera House. It is about 3-4 floors and takes a good 2-3 hours to visit. It also has many rock metates used in burials, pottery and indian displays--best I have seen of these tribes. The museum also told and displayed the history of coins and paper money worldwide and in Costa Rica. There is a nice book and souvenir store on the top floor.

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Reviewed 17 March 2012

A wonderful collection of Costa Rican gold artifacts. I have seen the one in Bogota, Columbia which is much larger. Felt more comfortable at this museum. The signage is in Spanish and English.

Thank mary c
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