A trove of some 1,600 gold pieces dating from 500 B.C. to 1500 A.D., is the primary lure here; visitors are usually bowled over by the intricate workmanship on the small gold items. Interestingly, gold was used in many forms, from cast animal figurines to jewelry to functional pieces. But the museum goes beyond the shiny, yellow stuff with a smartly curated survey of pre-Columbian culture, including exhibits on history, metalworking, and customs. The Gold Museum is directly underneath the downtown Plaza de la Cultura, and the same complex contains the Museo Numismático, a coin museum. Admission is free every Wednesday.
San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica› Attraction
Museos del Banco Central de Costa Rica (Gold Museum)
Calle 5, btw avs. Central and 2, underneath the Plaza de la Cultura.
Our Rating Hours Daily 9:15am–5pm Phone 2243-4202 Prices Admission $11 adults, $8 students, free for children 11 and under. Web site Museos del Banco Central de Costa Rica (Gold Museum) Other Free admission Wed. Closed Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25, Holy Thurs, Good Fri, Easter Sun