Jade Museum (Museo del Jade) Tours
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The Jade Museum (Museo del Jade) proves to Costa Rica visitors that this small Central American country is as rich in its history and cultural offerings as in biodiversity. The museum, located in the Costa Rican capital of San Jose, showcases more than 1,000 years’ worth of artifacts from Mesoamerica dating from 500 B.C. to 800 A.D.—including pre-Columbian jade, wood, and ceramics—in a renovated space.
A visit to the Jade Museum sheds light on pre-Columbian societies and traditional Costa Rican culture. Thanks to its central location in downtown San Jose, the Jade Museum can easily be added onto any city tour. Explore its collection of 7,000 artifacts on your own or go with a guide for a more comprehensive experience.
Things to Know Before You Go
- This site is a must-see for history buffs.
- Children under 12 receive a reduced rate of $2.
- Plan to spend roughly two hours exploring the five floors of displays.
- Engaging kid-friendly activities include an excavation role-play and giant puzzles.
- The museum offers a souvenir shop, restaurant, and cafe; take your drinks to go while you tour the exhibits.
How to Get to the Jade Museum
The Jade Museum is located on Central Street in San Jose, just down the road from the National Museum of Costa Rica and two blocks south of the famed National Park, so it’s easy to visit while you’re exploring downtown. Multiple bus lines stop within a few blocks of the museum, and the Museo stop on the Tren Urbano rapid transit system is a five-minute walk away. Transport by taxi or private vehicle is also available.
When to Get There
The Jade Museum is open year-round from 10am to 5pm, including weekends, but it’s best to confirm opening hours during the many national holidays. Thanks to one of the largest collections of pre-Columbian artifacts in all of Central America, the museum can attract crowds. Save time waiting in line by booking tickets ahead or exploring as part of a tour. Otherwise, expect the largest crowds during Costa Rica’s high season, which runs from late November through April.
You may want to brush up on your Spanish or download a translation app before visiting the museum, as much of the information is presented in Spanish. If you need a place to start, remember that jade is pronounced "ha-day," the Spanish word for gold is oro, and pre-Columbian is precolombino.
Address: West side of Plaza de la Democracia, Central Av. Street 13 and 13 bis, San Jose 10101, Costa Rica
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm
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3 Tours and Activities to Experience Jade Museum (Museo del Jade)
Gain admission to the Jade Museum (Museo del Jade), an archaeological museum located near Plaza de la Democracia in central San José. See Central America’s largest pre-Columbian jade collection with more than 700 pieces on display. Visitors can view Olmec and Maya objects made of bone, wood, ceramic, shell, gold, stone and resin. Your ticket is valid during opening hours.
We made a tour taking into account the past and the present in San Jose. We know the artistic part, including its most recognized spaces in this area, the culture, history and architecture of the city. The tour will show you the most beautiful areas of San José. The tour describes the past and the present of San José, in order to know it´s actual life. You get to know from art, culture, history and architecture of the city. The tour shows you the most beautiful areas in San José.
Ideal for first-time visitors to San Jose, this private half-day walking tour offers a look at the Costa Rican city’s history, architecture, gastronomy, sights, and local hotspots. Wander around the city's central area and pass by significant buildings like the National Museum and the Blue Castello. Stroll through San Jose’s trendy neighborhood on the east side, which boasts plenty of cafes and restaurants.
This Small Group Walking City Tour is an excellent introduction for first-time visitors to the country or anyone who wants to experience Costa Rica's capital city. The tour features the best of San Jose's history, architecture, gastronomy, must-see places and locals' favorite spots. Explore the city's central area, parks, boulevards and discover a piece of world history hidden there. Stroll around the East side's trendy neighborhood with its well kept european style houses, small cafes and restaurants.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Jade Museum (Museo del Jade) hours of operation?
Jade Museum (Museo del Jade) hours of operation: Monday through Sunday, 10am to 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.
Should I book Jade Museum (Museo del Jade) tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Jade Museum (Museo del Jade) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 3 Jade Museum (Museo del Jade) tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Jade Museum (Museo del Jade) 2020?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Jade Museum (Museo del Jade) costs USD 16.00. Guided Jade Museum (Museo del Jade) tours start around USD 16.00 per person. See all 3 Jade Museum (Museo del Jade) tickets and tours on Viator.
What's the best way to experience Jade Museum (Museo del Jade)?
The best ways to experience Jade Museum (Museo del Jade) are:
- San Jose Jade Museum General Admission Ticket
- City tour - San José
- San Jose Private Walking City Tour
- San Jose Walking City Tour Small Group
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