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Address: Central Av | Street 13 and 13 bis, San Jose 10106, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
+506 2521 6610
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Jade Museum and of precolumbian culture is positioned as an innovative...

The Jade Museum and of precolumbian culture is positioned as an innovative state-of-the-art cultural proposal in the protection and conservation of archaeological heritage in Central America. Located in the center of Costa Rics's capital, the building was especially constructed to house the museum's collection, its architecture evoking a cut jade block. Its five levels exhibit objects crafted by artisans specialized in solving their daily subsistence needs, their spiritual and political world.

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At first I was not impressed. The museum is on 6 floors (with elevators) and the first floor had displays with nothing but electronic kiosks to describe the works. The kiosks... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Kansas City, Missouri
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248 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

At first I was not impressed. The museum is on 6 floors (with elevators) and the first floor had displays with nothing but electronic kiosks to describe the works. The kiosks were hard to navigate- they "swiped" slowly and I never could get English text, and you had to hunt for the image of what you were seeing in the... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum itself if accessible, bet to the museum from the street is a headache if you or someone who is accompanying you uses a wheelchair. The museum was very underwhelming. I found the jade exhibits are the Museum de Nacional to be much better in quality and history than the items at the jade museum. Since we had gone... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the museum in April on a weekday morning. They open at around 10:00AM and have a great tourist market shop right next to it. The museum was informative, though a little pricey ($15/pp). Worth a visit. Just don't hang out in the plaza on the side of the museum, I had my iphone stolen right out of my... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Jade exhibition only constitutes about 20% of the building, the rest is ceramics, tons of it. Interesting for an hour.

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Thank jomob
Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here a day after visiting the Pre Colombian Gold Museum, and I was floored to see so much more fantastic Costa Rican art and artifacts. Five stories in a unique building, absolutely amazing. Lots of jade of course and how it was processed and what it was used for. But also lots of pottery and stone carvings housed in... More 

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East Nassau, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The new Jade Museum is 5 floors, the layout is very good, we spent more than half a day and probably missed some of the exhibits. Very informative.

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Thank CrosCrek
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The exhibits are large and well-organized. Aside from hundreds of jade artifacts, there are anthropological displays of historical culture, practices (shamanism, for example) and wildlife. One serious disappointment was our discovery that the new-aged interactive displays weren't functioning well: navigation was frequently quirky and the English option inoperative.

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Thank Kermit_Fan
San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yeah, it is probably not the most fancy museum in the world and I have seen nicer collections that include jade in other countries, but it is fascinating to see how our aborigines were able to create these beautiful decorations without the aide of modern tools. It is a great experience for kids too

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Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Over five floors, this extensive collection is featured in a number of different ways. From interactive games to an amazing array of superb pottery pieces, this museum tries to appeal to all ages. Enjoyed the "day" and "night" displays which contrasted beautifully. The Large collection of jade items and the explanations accompanying it were informative.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Jade Museum in downtown San Jose is well worth a visit. It traces the history of jade and its role in the culture of Central America. Sub-divided into four rooms each with a theme, there are opportunities to feel jade and to turn on various explanations and effects. Almost all explanations are in both English and Spanish. Each room... More 

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