San Jose, Costa Rica Museums
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum -Walking distance of the Gold Museum in downtown San Jose, Hotel Presidente is a unique urban boutique hotel where casual luxury and modern hospitality create the perfect vacation experience. This beautiful hotel features spacious rooms and suites designed for contemporary comfort with WiFi, room service and city and mountain views. Enjoy dining at News Café, get energized in the fitness center, feel rejuvenated at the Rain Forest Spa and relax in the rooftop pool. Travelers also enjoy stylish meeting space, a business center, and a tour desk for sightseeing journeys in Costa Rica. Book Costa Rica Vacation Packages & Specials.
National Museum -Housed in a former military fortress from the Civil War of 1948, the Costa Rica National Museum explores Costa Rica's history, natural history and archeology and is acclaimed for its pre-Columbian artifacts. The museum exhibits Costa Rican history and culture from pre-Columbian times to the present, as well as religious art. In the pre-Columbian rooms, you'll discover the lifestyle of ancient cultures from 12,000 years B.C. up to the arrival of the Spaniards, including a 2,500-year-old jade carving. A vault houses pre-Columbian gold jewelry and figurines. The archaeological room presents fascinating objects unearthed at Costa Rica's archaeological sites, including Indian artifacts and pottery made of stone and clay, and ornate grinding stones. The Colonial Room displays artifacts and art from the Spanish conquest. Enjoy views of San Jose and Costa Rica's mysterious stone spheres in the Spanish-style courtyard. Visit www.museocostarica.go.cr.
Gold Museum (Museos de Oro) -Located under the Plaza de la Cultura, in downtown San Jose, the Gold Museum has a spectacular collection of gold objects that reflect the culture and gold working techniques of Pre-Columbian peoples of Costa Rica. The most valuable Pre-Columbian gold collection in the world, the exhibit showcases 1,600 pieces of Pre-Columbian gold work from 500 AD to 1500 AD, interpreting the social and cultural evolution of Pre-Columbian cultures and the relationship of the gold to daily life. The underground building that houses the exhibit creates a mysterious backdrop for the glittering gold artifacts. The Temporary Exhibition Galleries showcase dynamic visual arts from international and national artists. Visit www.museosdelbancocentral.org/content/articles/5/1/General-Information/Page1.html
Jade Museum -Housed in the National Insurance Company building in downtown San Jose, Costa Rica's Jade Museum displays an abundance of centuries-old artifacts, art and the world's largest collection of Pre-Columbian jade. The valuable collection has religious and historical significance for the Indian population in Costa Rica. With anthropological and archaeological themes, the beautiful museum also features excellent examples of indigenous craftsmanship in jade, gold, stone, and ceramics, and explain their significance throughout Costa Rican history. With peaceful, dimly-lit halls and gorgeous views of the city and mountains, the Jade Museum is a place of calm