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The Museo del Jade is an archaeological museum in San José, Costa Rica. It is since 2014 located in front of Plaza de la Democracia. It was founded in 1977 by Fidel Tristán Castro, the first president of the INS. It contains the world's largest collection of American jade.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
I feel like this museum shouldn't be called the Jade museum but something else. Jade is basically only on the first floor, the rest is pottery, stone etc. Still pretty good museum. They have plenty of English translations. The digital monitors they have around are kind of useless to English speakers. They barely have any information in English. Lots of interactive stuff for the kids. Nice building though. No hammocks though.
This location had 5 floors open to the public and only one of them is dedicated to Jade. Its a relatively small museum the decor and information is nice, simple and bilingual is spanish and English. It’s a beautiful museum, just not above and beyond.
Great if you like a lot of jade and mayan artifacts... Although very well presented, there was no clear directions to start your journey around the museum, no one checked our tickets either so could have just walked in. Although there is a lot to see, a lot of it was very similar to everything else - a lot of repetition. I was told we'd need about 4hrs to see it all but quite honestly unless your going to read and watch all the videos you can do it in an hour or so. If you have time to burn in the city go visit.
Expensive for what you get. It is really well decorated and looks cool, but think the amount you actually learn is fairly low. Kind of like lipstick on a pig
Distant to what a modern museum should be. But the collection is really impressive. 5 floors with many areas, from old hunting jade artifacts to mud bowls for different ceremonies. A must for any San José visitor, near downtown and walking distance. $5 USD for locals and $15 USD for foreigners, students have additional discounts if ID is presented.
Overall one of the best museums in Costa Rica for anyone to visit. The price is very acceptable; besides, it's free during plenty of nights when there's Art City Tour. The museum really has put a great effort in making it feel like a great place to appreciate culture in a comfortable and interactive (as far as these kind of museums go) environment.
Not really my thing. I would recommend the two other museums insted, there is a lot of the same in all three of them. But the jade museum was the least interesting. And the most interesting was the National history museum. But that's my point of view.
A museum filled with pre Columbian artifacts, explanations of how items were used, videos, and of course carved Jade items. The museum covers many floors of the INS building. The museum is wheelchair accessible.
This is a very interesting place, I would recommend it to anyone who had time to spend in San Jose. The only lacking part of the place was the fact that the amazing pieces in the lobby weren't lit to be displayed properly and the gift shop loses quite an opportunity with such a small inventory of purchaseable items.
This museum born in 1977 and was founded by the first president of the National Insurance Institute, Fidel Tristán Castro, today the museum bears his name. Originally located in the 11 floor of the INS building, it reside in a new home since 2014 one block west of the National Museum. This place holds one of the biggest collections of Jade gold and stone jewelry as well as ceramic and stone artifacts and other pieces from 500 BC to 800 AD separated y five rooms in three floors. Here you can also find a room for temporary exhibitions for national and international artist.
I LOVE this museum. It was probably one of the most interactive museums I’ve been to. There are 3/4 floors with exhibits that walk you through the history of jade in the country. It’s great for kids and families.
A big museum but with missing info. It has a long way to better itself. Nevertheless it’s worth it if you don’t know anything about precolombina civilizations
This is a very interesting museum. The rooms are awesome and the exhibitions really inmerse you into the lives of the native people before the Spanish invasion.
Very good museum. It explain how indigenous use the jade stone. the figures they made and what they represent. You can also see some educational games for kids and adults. there are digital monitor that you can look out what are you are looking at and they give you additional information in spanish and english. They have an special exhibit of Coco Island. This island is protectect and very few people can visit it, scientist... student with id is $5, adults $15. But the first floor is free of charge, you can see a summary of all the floors, some special exhibit, the gift shop(expensive and very poor) and a small cafeteria with wifi and bathrooms. If you have time or kids it will be good to pay and see it all.