Jade Museum, San Jose

4.3
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 itinerary maker site .
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  • The museum has exceptional content and is organized creatively, professionally and with an impressive aesthetic. The bad news is that those who sell the ticket attend as if they were doing a favor, with a bad face and without stopping talking to each other, as if they were at home. Also, the downstairs toilets were dirty, paperless and without gel, and when I reported it "I was lathed". Gmo!
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  • It is a very didactic museum, it is very nice and well organized, each room has very interesting things to know. It's worth a visit.
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  • Really detailed exhibits showing the history of the native Americans and their traditions before the arrival of the Spaniards. Although, most of the exhibits were centered around Jade, there's still a lot of general archeological exhibits. I really loved the exhibit that had a prototype of a dig. I would say it was worth spending 2 hours here to go over all the floors. The only minus for me was that they didn't have a lot to offer at the gift shop. Would have been nice to be able to buy some jade as a keepsake.
  • A fantastic collection of jade and pottery spread out over several floors. Very interesting exhibits charting the culture of the native people. The amount and quality of the preserved relics is almost overwhelming. Well worth the visit if you happen to be in the capital.
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