The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum (Museo del Oro Precolombino) is part of the Museums of the Costa Rican Central Bank and is located beneath the Plaza de la Cultura (Culture Square) in San José. The museum houses an extraordinary collection of gold objects with over 1000 pre-Columbian artifacts that reflect the worldview, social structure, and jewelery from pre-Columbian people that lived in the actual Costa Rican territory.
The museum shows the use and function of parts, technology and the relationship with nature and everyday life of these human groups. The collection consists of over 1600 pre-Columbian gold pieces dating from the 500 to 1500 AD. The Gold Museum consists of two levels: introductory area on the second floor, which interprets the evolution of socio-cultural pre-Columbian cultures, which also exhibits the development of metallurgy in Costa Rica, stages and styles; and on the third floor the gold pieces exhibition area, where you can appreciate the different uses and meanings of gold objects. Visitors can also watch an introductory video to the collection.
Location: on 5th St., between central and 2nd avenues, adjacent to the Plaza de la Cultura, district: Catedral, canton: San José, province: San José, Costa Rica. Zone postal code: 10104.
GPS Coordinates: 9.933397,-84.076569 (9°56’00.23″N, 84°04’35.65″W)
Schedule: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: + (506) 2243-4202