Jade Museum, San Jose

#3 of 51 in Museums in Costa Rica
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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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  • Pricey for non-nationals like myself, but worth it. The jade exhibits were interesting, but there are many other pre-Columbian artifacts here, like obsidian knives, pottery, some gold. And there are.....  more »
  • The name of the museum can be misleading as it is so much more than just jade. There are thousands and thousands of historic artifacts. The technology and aesthetic of the museum is top notch. Would.....  more »
  • Certainly worth visiting. Great collection of jade objects and more. The animal figurines are amazing. The interactive parts work a bit less well. We spend 2 hours at this museum. No bags and bag packs allowed but you find free lockers at the entrance
  • Wonderful Exhibit! It's not just a jade museum, they artistically display the history and various uses of jade all throughout Costa Rican history. Whether you're a fan of pretty rocks or a history buff, this is a place I would highly recommend touring. They also gave a student discount for the entry, which was a nice touch
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