Gold Museum Tours
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More than 1600 pre-Columbian artifacts, including Costa Rica’s very first coin, handmade ceramics and a life-sized warrior, are housed in this museum that was opened in 1985. The museum’s collection displays indigenous works dating from 500 AD to 1500 AD, including traditional jewelry and culturally relevant pieces from other Latin American countries. Displays on the second floor explore the influence of these artifacts on the social and cultural development of the nation, as well as a history of Costa Rica’s currency. Signs in both Spanish and English easily guide guests through hallways filled with rich history.
The museum is located underneath the Plaza de la Cultura near Central Avenue and 5th Street. It’s open every day from 9:15 a.m. until 5 p.m. except some major holidays.
Address: Calle 5, San Jose, Costa Rica
Hours: Daily 9:15am-5pm
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Gold Museum
Explore the Costa Rican capital’s rich history, landmark buildings, and modern culture on a combo bus and walking tour of San Jose. Get a great introduction to city highlights like the National Theater and Art Museum, and stop to walk through bustling markets and public plazas to feel the pulse of this modern Central American metropolis. Get an extra boost of Costa Rican culture by listening to traditional folkloric music onboard the bus.
Experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of San Jose on an evening bus tour. Starting from your hotel, a comfortable double-decker bus with onboard WiFi serves as your transportation for the evening. See over 25 of the city’s landmarks and stop for a bilingual guided tour at key locations, including the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Enjoy an included dinner of local cuisine, before drop-off at your hotel.
Experience San Jose's historical and cultural offerings on a walking tour of Costa Rica's vibrant capital city. Begin at Parque Central to take in the city's main attractions. Explore its Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica Art Museum and National Theater in the company of a local guide. Marvel at the Beaux-Arts-style Melico Salazar Theatre and stop by Churrería Manolo’s to sample its iconic cream-filled churros. This comprehensive city walk includes all entrance fees, along with a delicious lunch.
Discover the vibrant history and culture of the Costa Rican capital on a half-day San José city tour. Soak up the green oasis of La Sabana Metropolitan Park, explore diverse neighborhoods like Rohrmoser and Otoya, and visit stately landmarks including the National Library and Casa Amarilla. Featuring admission to the majestic National Theater and the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, plus a combination of walking and minivan touring, it’s a great way to experience the city’s highlights in a single afternoon.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Make your stay in San Jose more than just a jumping-off point with this half-day city tour showcasing the history and culture of the Costa Rican capital. Skip the stress of public transit and let a driver and guide zip you around town to major landmarks like the ornate National Theatre, Gold Museum, Metropolitan Cathedral, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What are Gold Museum hours of operation?
Gold Museum hours of operation: Daily 9:15am-5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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