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Museo del Jade, San Jose

Museo del Jade, San Jose (must see)

Museo del Jade is an archeological museum in San Jose, Costa Rica. It is associated with Marco Fidel Tristan Castro and can be found at Calle 9 and Avenue 7 in the National Institute of Insurance (INS) building. It is one of the few office towers in town and is situated next to Parque Espagna. It was founded in 1977 by the famous man who started the INS.

The location features one of the best collections of pre-Columbian artifacts you would ever want to see. You can get a chance to see real stone tables from the period, as well as ceramics, ceremonial heads, adzes, and other decorative pieces from 500 BC to 800 AD.

You will also want to take a moment and visit the Jade Room located in the building. It displays translucent jade pendants, which is quite something to see. The 11th-floor museum lobby also contains a sculpture by José Sancho, a white marble, called Plenitude, which is one of the museum's prized possessions.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the only two serious jade museums in the world, with an impressive collection size/quality.
The audiovisuals that complement the written information makes it more stimulating and insightful.
You can go to the soda for a snack if you're hungry, or browse to the gift store near the main entrance.

Tip:
After seeing the small exhibit on the 1st floor, try going to the top and working your way down.
Lunch or dinner can also be had at the Chinese restaurant in front (Wong's).

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Museo del Jade
Sight Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in San Jose, Costa Rica

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
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Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.5 Km or 5.3 Miles

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