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One of the only 2 real Jade Museums in the World

If you are in for a cultural treat, you must visit the Jade Museum. Jade is proof of the many... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Carlos U
San Jose, Costa Rica
More to jade than meets the eye

This was a surprisingly good museum, well -laid out by themes with two large galleries each on... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2018
Vanessa K
Durham, United Kingdom
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The Jade Museum and of pre-Columbian Culture is positioned a an innovative state-of-the art cultural proposal in the protection and conservation of acheological heritage in Central America
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Avenida Central Calle 13 y 13 bis, San Jose 10110, Costa Rica
+506 2521 6610
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are in for a cultural treat, you must visit the Jade Museum. Jade is proof of the many precolombian cultures, (raw jade stone is not found in Costa Rica) that met in Costa Rica for trading. This turned this land that bridges North...More

Thank Carlos U
Reviewed 10 August 2018

This was a surprisingly good museum, well -laid out by themes with two large galleries each on three floors. The galleries show how jade pieces were used in a range of settings such as day, night, memory. Each is lit accordingly, hence the night gallery...More

Thank Vanessa K
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

I loved how the expositions were arranged. Each floor continues a narrative that helps you understand the precolumbian culture of Costa Rica. It's also great for kids because it has interactive screens where you can play or quiz yourself with what you've just learned. The...More

Thank marialuisac196
Reviewed 17 May 2018

It is best if you either really like Jade or the history thereof. Lots of floors and rooms to explore but there is a lot of similarity. I did not find it overly stimulating but there is a very nice gift shop.

2  Thank Michael B
Reviewed 1 February 2018

More Precolumbian artifacts than Jade both are displayed alongside each other, interesting video explaining how the Jade was cut and fashioned into such intricate designs. I went to see the Jade but became fascinated by the ceramics,

Thank cjwlutton
Reviewed 22 January 2018

On my most recent visit to San José, I finally had the chance to visit the famous Jade Museum. This museum has five floors of displays and is well worth a visit. On the first floor, there is a large collection of artifacts which frankly...More

Thank Charlie_From_Ohio
Reviewed 29 December 2017

The INS build this beautiful and modern structure to display the jade and pre columbian collection. With four floors to check, you'll take a trip back in time and learn about the native tribes that settled in the country. If you are hungry go to...More

Thank Mauricio M
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Very well done, lots to see and to learn. They have some interactive things to do for kids as well. If walking up stairs is tough for you, I would recommend, after seeing the small exhibit on the first floor, going to the top and...More

Thank laplantes
Reviewed 6 September 2017

This museum is full of exceptional pieces of carved jade...and there is one exhibit which shows all sizes of dildoes which were used in initiation ceremonies on young virgins in the long distant past...thank goodness I was not one of those poor young things...

Thank Jane W
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The museum is pretty pricey (around 15USD) so I almost didn't go, but I'm glad I did! It is very well done and there is a lot to see. It's not just about jade, though the jade collection is quite impressive. They also have pottery...More

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