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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  • San Jose itself was a bit of a letdown after our time in the national parks however we did enjoy this museum. It is well-laid out with beautiful pre-columbrian artifacts and informative displays that....  more
    San Jose itself was a bit of a letdown after our time in the national parks however we did enjoy this museum. It is well-laid out with beautiful pre-columbrian artifacts and informative displays that....  more »
  • Excellent museum. Fun and informative way to spend the day. Also very affordable for teachers and students. 
    Excellent museum. Fun and informative way to spend the day. Also very affordable for teachers and students.  more »
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  • I wanted to enjoy this museum more, but I felt it was very basic. Jade is my middle name so Its always been one of my favorite stones, and there was a ton of it and i didnt know about it’s history here. However other than that, I don’t feel I gained much new cultural information about the peoples or the area. There was a lot on display but a lot of similar things and the plaques explaining were very generic. It also seemed like parts were being renovated or moved around. There were spaces that looked like it should have a display but it wasn’t there. Some areas were blocked off. A few displays said “touch” but were either blocked off so you couldn’t or had another “do not touch” sign placed after. For $16, I don’t feel this was worth it. But here are some pics of a few things I did enjoy.
  • Low entry fee for students. More interesting than most of the exhibits were the information about life in the pre-Colombian era and the relation between humans and animals. I personally liked the special exhibition on famous (influential) women in the history of Costa Rica. The other exhibits (pots, different pieces made from Jade) were quite repetitive. Also very child-friendly with different games.

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