Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, San Jose

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Inspect and observe thousands of artifacts from throughout the country's recorded history at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Located underground beneath the central bank, the collection has been building since the 1950s and today holds ancient gold pieces, pottery from well before European contact, and a collection focused on the everyday activities of the country's indigenous peoples. The gift shop sells jewelry, books, and indigenous crafts. See Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and all San Jose has to offer by arranging your trip with our San Jose itinerary planning site.
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  • We visited today it was a very rainy day and not a lot of visitors. The building was an amazing structure and a great part was underground. The information was very interesting and gave us an insight....  more
    We visited today it was a very rainy day and not a lot of visitors. The building was an amazing structure and a great part was underground. The information was very interesting and gave us an insight....  more »
  • It's amazing that a Government protects the treasures from the past. They brought up all the treasures of their country and placed them here for all to enjoy. Gold in all Sharp's and sizes. 
    It's amazing that a Government protects the treasures from the past. They brought up all the treasures of their country and placed them here for all to enjoy. Gold in all Sharp's and sizes.  more »
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  • I felt that while the museum was lovely, it was a little overpriced for tourists. There are three levels - the basement is the gold, the second level has a geography exhibit, and the main level currently has an exhibit about coins. I've been to other gold museums in Latin America and this one was relatively similar, though there were quite a lot of unique pieces that i admit i had never seen in other similar museums. The geographical exhibit was interesting but can be skipped through relatively quickly (i did appreciate all the signage in English). The coins exhibit will only be interesting to you if you're into the history of coins. Personally i liked it but did find it a little repetitive. Overall - good activity to do if you find yourself in downtown San Jose with some free time to kill but not necessarily a must see.
  • Quite an interesting and beautiful collection of jewelry and artifacts from before those greedy Europeans ravaged the land. I loved learning about the history of our coins and maps, all in one place. I do feel I need to mention that some of the text translations to English should have been proofread a bit more before being posted, and that the lettering displays on walls and glass require a bit more up keeping since some letters were missing altogether. Other than that I fully recommend nationals (¢2500 and free for 65+) and foreigners ($15) to stop by.

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