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MUSEO DEL JADE

San Jose


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Jade Museum and of Pre-columbian Culture

The archaeological collection of the Jade Museum and of pre-Columbian Culture represents an effort by the Instituto Nacional de Seguros to protect and preserve Costa Rican heritage.This Museum safeguards a collection containing over 7 thousand objects of pre-Columbian times in materials such as ceramics, shells, jade, bone, wood, gold, stone and resin, as well as an ethnographic collection and works of art.You can start a thematic tour of Costa Rica’s ancient history, narrated through objects with an archaeological interpretation, where the social, religious and daily-life aspects of the people elaborating and using them are portrayed. They come from all the archaeological regions of the country as the Greater Nicoya Region, Central Region, the Greater Chiriquí Region; also objects elaborated in the Mesoamerican region. 


We invite you to get acquainted with the best collection of pre-Columbian jade of America.

Lobby.
Level 1

There is a large jade rock in the hall area brought from Motagua, Guatemala; it’s a raw material used to elaborate the objects on exhibition in the Museum.  Jade is a metamorphic rock formed by the minerals jadeite and nephrite; it’s characterized for its hardness, color, brightness, and chemical composition.

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Costado Oeste de la Plaza de la Democracia, sobre Avenida Central, Calle 13 y 13 bis

museodeljade@ins-cr.com

+506 2521 6610 +506 8792 4700


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The Jade.
Level 2

This room highlights the role of jade pieces and other related materials in the native development of human groups settled in Costa Rican territory.

The tour points to the social changes taking place in the populations using jade as a prestige belongings used by chiefs, religious leaders and their families, between 500 BC to 800 AD.


The Day.
Level 3

This room highlights activities related to people’s lives using daily use objects; their relationship with animals and their natural surroundings.

Their main activities were obtaining foodstuffs by collecting, hunting, agriculture, fishing and others.


The Night.
Level 3

This room makes reference to the world of spirits, the supernatural, shamanic and funerary rites and the topic of war. 

Through the tour you can see several pieces depicting nocturnal animals; the theme of hanging pendants recreating the flight of bats is especially developed; there are also stone sculptures: the ceremonial metates.


Ancestral Memory.
Level 4

Themes as the gender role, sexuality, garments focusing on body decoration and attires; shows musical instruments used for parties and celebrations. 

Some ethnographic objects are displayed, articles of the current native population, as headpieces, baskets, textiles, arrows, among others; this shows how ancestral traditions persist throughout time.


Temporary Exhibitions
Level 1/ Level 4

The Museum has a temporary exhibitions room to display themes related to daily human activities, cultural, national, and international; exhibitions of visual arts, archaeology and contents related to the cultural activities in general take place here.


Visitable Collection.
Level 5

Ceramic, stone and jade objects are arranged in a group of showcases and cabinets, according to Costa Rica’s three different archaeological regions. These are part of the collection in motion since they are the material supporting scientific investigation and future exhibitions, temporary and itinerant, inside the country and abroad.


Visiting hours: 
Monday through Sunday 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. 

Amenities

 

  •  Guided visits
  • Speak English
  • Speak Spanish
  • Suitable for children


  • Lockers
  • Wheelchair
  • Family Bathrooms 
  • Elevators
  • Accept Cash
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Wi-Fi internet Access

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