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Gold Museum

Gold Museum

Daily 9:15am-5pm
Calle 5, San Jose

The Basics

The two-story subterranean Pre-Columbian Gold Museum presents the history of Costa Rica through the lens of Pre-Columbian artifacts and icons, showing the story of fallen civilizations and the emergence of modern life in Central America. Even more than exhibits of gold artifacts and coins, the museum offers insight on the complex relationship between people and gold. Viewed chronologically, you will see how indigenous people worked in new metallurgy techniques as the technology developed, creating increasingly sophisticated objects. Buy tickets in advance to avoid lines and guarantee admission.

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San Jose Walking Food Tour and Gold Museum Small Group
San Jose Walking Food Tour and Gold Museum Small Group
star-4.5
$59.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A must do tour of San Jose!
Gladys took us to the market in San Jose and that was awesome. She really knows her way around and introduced us to some interesting local items. She was awsome!
pckrusk, Apr 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Jose

star-5
Fun and informative
BC_C, Mar 2022
San Jose Walking Food Tour and Gold Museum Small Group
Our guide, Ernesto, was really good. We began at a local outdoor market that features fresh meat and produce and an assortment of CR foods prepared for consumption at the market. We then moved on to a general merchandise mart on the street. There was a wide assortment of goods including tee shirts, sun glasses and the usual as well as many hand crafted items. Then we stopped at the National Theatre, which is a stunning edifice where some of the furnishings in the cafe are original -- more than one hundred years old. Finally, it was off to the Gold Museum, which offers far more than gold. Although there are many precious artifacts displayed at the museum, there is also a history of Central America going back to when indigenous peoples occupied the land. All in all, it was a very nice experience and well worth the money.
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Nicht tour
Leonhard_S, Nov 2021
San Jose Walking Food Tour and Gold Museum Small Group
Nice guide Ernesto, knows a lot. Very interesting and informative. The entry fee for the Gold museum is included.
star-5
Underpriced tour Great Value . Lots of Exotic fruits
danielleeberhardt, Sep 2021
San Jose Walking Food Tour and Gold Museum Small Group
Guide is a costa Rica local . Seems very social and knowledgeable of san jose . Safe and conformal from a single woman traveler . Meet up location directions were on point. Tour is underpriced SO GREAT VALUE for my money. Love the cup of coffee and exotic fruits even tobacco. Also i know now ,where to buy 20$ Nike's shoes in town . Tip! Bring water and good shoes. Your tour guide Pickup details Waiting time Value for money What you loved What could have been better Tips for travelers

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum is an ideal destination for history lovers.
  • Signs in both Spanish and English easily guide guests through hallways filled with rich history.
  • The museum is wheelchair-accessible.
  • An admission fee is required; discounts are available to students, and children under 12 are free.
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How to Get There

The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum is located underneath the Plaza de la Cultura near Avenida Central and Calle 5 in the center of San José. Walking is one of the best ways to get around the compact city as traffic can get chaotic and parking can be difficult to find. Public buses are plentiful and inexpensive. Be aware that drivers don’t often speak Spanish and accept only local currency. The closest stops are Sabana Estadio and Barrio Luján, on opposing corners across from the theater.

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When to Get There

The museum is open daily from morning until evening. Come early in the day to beat the crowds. Check the calendar for exhibits. Peak season in Costa Rica is from mid-December to April during the dry season. Come in March for the annual International Festival of the Arts when the capital city transforms into a giant stage with live concerts and festivities, organized by the National Theatre.

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Shiny New Renovation

After an intense renovation, the museum reopened in 2019, with additional exhibits and an overall revamp on the discussion around significance of the objects. Exhibits now take a deeper look into the link between the past and the present, reflecting on the ramifications of migration, mining, metallurgical production, the ancestral and current worldview of indigenous people, the human relationship with nature, and the historical impact of the colonization and conquest.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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