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Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

Where to See Gold—and Spend It—in San Jose
San Jose's Pre-Columbian Gold Museum has an impressive collection of gold objects, yes. It's remarkable to see a collection of sculptures, tools, and jewelry made with this coveted metal, some of which date back to 500 AD. There's even Costa Rica's first gold coin, minted in 1825.

But the building contains other treasures, including the national coin museum, a high-end gift shop, and a pretty plaza that was a welcome relief from the city's sooty grayness.