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Jade Museum, San Jose

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See the world’s most extensive display of American jade at Jade Museum. Founded in 1977 by Fidel Tristan Castro, the museum hosts almost 7000 pieces of jade relics, as well as decorative pieces and artifacts made from other materials. Learn about the history of jade processing and its uses throughout the ages, see a raw block of the precious gemstone, and admire the impressive jade carvings and jewelry. Roam the other parts of the museum for exhibits about Costa Rican culture and traditions, as well as interesting ceramic, gold, and marble items. To visit Jade Museum on your holiday in San Jose, and find out what else San Jose has to offer, use our San Jose.
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  • There is a great selection of jade and other materials in this museum and the art of it is wonderful. 
    There is a great selection of jade and other materials in this museum and the art of it is wonderful.  more »
  • This museum is in a very modern building. Tourists pay 3x the price of everyone else. There are 5 stories....but I felt 100s of pieces of jade were all too similar. 1000s of pottery which also... 
    This museum is in a very modern building. Tourists pay 3x the price of everyone else. There are 5 stories....but I felt 100s of pieces of jade were all too similar. 1000s of pottery which also...  more »
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  • This place was one of the coolest places I went to during my trip! First off there was AC which is great! There were so many different exhibits and wonderful things to look at. The museum was spacious and even with a good amount of people walking around it didn’t feel crowded at all. There was such a wide variety of stuff to look at, you could really spend all day there. It was about $6 a ticket and totally worth it. We spent about three hours there but you could have spent even more time.
  • Very repetitive and not very well curated. $16 each for Americans, $5 each if you have a Costa Rican student ID. 60% pottery of all nomenclatures, 20% art exhibit of Salvador Dali (who was one weird dude), 20% jade in various formats. Was interesting the first 30min but there’s a lot of historical context lacking. Also not interactive in the least bit. That said, better than sitting at home for $5.

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