Gold Museum, Costa Rica

Discover the pre-Columbian culture and observe more than 1,500 gold pieces at the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

Gold Museum, Costa Rica
Gold Museum
© Tore Berg

One of the museums that hosts more historic objects of Costa Rica is the Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) in San José, where you can find exhibitions of social and cultural development of the pre-Columbian indigenous tribes.

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Museo del oro, San José
Museo del oro, San José
© Museos del Banco Central

There are different collections inside the museum, these include the ethnographic collection and the ceramic and stone collection. But the most important one, due to its historical value and material wealth, is the pre-Columbian gold collection, which hosts about 1586 gold pieces like earrings, statues, bracelets, and animal figures. These pieces were created by tribes such as Diquis or Chibchas (also called Muiscas).  

The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum has a modern subterranean infrastructure, which is located at the The Central Bank of Costa Rica’s building, in the city centre, in the plaza de la Cultura. The museum has three underground levels, in which you can find different temporary exhibitions in addition to permanent exhibitions. But the most interesting part is the Numismatics Museum, which exhibits the largest collection of the country's coins.

The museum also has a guided tour service, with which you can enjoy the pleasant talks and visual exhibitions. Besides, you can find an interesting blog and a multimedia application in their website that allow you to get to know the surrounding area and the curiosities of the museum. It also has other services like a cafeteria and shops where you can buy souvenirs of the museum.

Feel free to visit one of the museums with more historical value of Costa Rica: the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, in San José.

More information:


5th Street and Central Avenue, San José.

Admission prices:  

National Prices:

Regular Admission 2000 colones

Student Admission 500 colones

International Prices:

Regular Admission 5500 colones

Student Admission 4500 colones

Opening hours:

Monday through Sunday from 9:15 to 17:00.

Telephone number:

+(506) 2223 0528


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