General Information

General Information

The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum has an extraordinary collection of gold objects that reflect the world view, social structure and gold-working techniques of the Pre-Columbian peoples of Costa Rica. The exhibition showcases the use and function of the pieces, the technology of their fabrication, and their relationship to the natural world and the daily life of these societies. The collection consists of 1600 pieces of Pre-Columbian gold work that date from 500 AD to 1500 AD.

The Gold Museum is divided into two levels:

 a) Introductory and orientation area on the second level of the building that interprets the social and cultural evolution of pre-Columbian cultures. Also explained in this space is the development of metallurgy in Costa Rica, its stages and styles.

b) Exhibition of gold pieces (on the third level). In this section the different uses and meanings of the gold objects can be seen. Before seeing the collection, the visitors can view an introductory video.