The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Many say that San Jose is a boring city, with few options for the enjoyment of both domestic and foreign sightseers, but the truth is that there are dozens of options to learn about aspects of Costa Rica’s history.

Now in downtown San Jose there is a new and modern option for most of our ancestors, through a majestic collection of archaeological pieces that were hidden for years.

This is the Museum of Pre-Columbian Culture and Jade, which opened its doors to the public on Monday, May 26, offering the opportunity to showcase 7,000 pieces of jade, pottery, stone, bone and wineries of the National Institute of Insurance (INS).

It’s located on the west side of the Plaza de la Democracia and becomes part of the cultural circuit that seeks to promote the capital, the National Museum, the Museum of the Central Bank, the National Park, the National Theatre and other emblematic buildings of San José as the courts, the Legislature and the former Customs.

The building was designed by architect Diego van der Laat.

Discover the new Museum of Jade

The modern building is on the side west of the Plaza de la Democracia and has five levels that protect the invaluable pieces dating mostly between 500 a.c. and 800 d.c.

The first room is called Threshold, where the museum invites you to discover the wonder of jade pieces from this collection.

Going up to the second floor you can enjoy the Jade room, which addresses the process of working jade and its origin through the routes marked on a modern map, loaded with the latest in interactive and visual technology.

The next floor up is called Day and Night, where they recount the main activities of the ancient peoples, customs and livelihoods, with the side symbolisms and rituals that characterized them.

On the fourth floor is the Hall of Remembrance and temporary exhibitions room, where the pre-Columbian costumes are displayed, types of insturments and the meaning they gave, and the technology employed in the development of tools, both everyday and ceremonial.

Finally, the 5th floor is called the Gathering, which includes a collection that was not found in the other rooms, as well as office space.

Visiting hours will be Monday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. The entry fee for residents is $5 and $15 for foreigners. Students with a uniform or license and children and seniors will be admitted for free.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica