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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  • I'm into pre-Columbian cultures and I love museums of all sorts. I certainly enjoyed this one with its gold and ceramic artifacts. Don't miss this museum when you're in town.  more »
  • Great collection of pre-columbian gold. The underground building is beautiful and it really makes a great scenery for such an important treasure.  more »
  • This was a beautiful museum!! So interesting, lots of context, and great exhibits. There was a nice modern art exhibit in the temporary space as well. We loved the video showing how modern Costa Rican people are keeping their tribes alive. We also loved the small exhibition on coins on the first floor! Very enjoyable!
  • I'm not really a museum kind of guy, but I enjoyed this one. Good commentary signs in both Spanish and English. Not a large museum, but you can still spend some time here. Fun fact, the only underground building in San José. This museum can be bought as a three museum package.
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