National & Gold Museums
This museum educates visitors regarding the history and culture of Costa Rica. It includes a treasury of gold pieces, furniture from the colonial era, a sample of funeral ceremonies and much more. The outside used to be a fortress used in time of war as a military barracks. Don't forget to look in the museum?s yard for monolithic spheres; something that is unique in the world and found only in the Diquis region.
This museum has a collection of pre-Colombian gold pieces made by indigenous people. Among the more than 2000 pieces on display, the most noticeable pieces include small figures that are half-man and half-bird and erotic statues. The museum is also known for the national numismatic collection. It is located under Plaza de la Cultura, in the center of San Jose.
There is no need to pay for transport because both museums are located in San Jos?. Entrance into the National Museum is US $4 for foreign students with an ID, otherwise it will cost US $8.The museum is closed on Monday. The entrance fee for the Gold Museum is about US $8 for foreign students.
Prices were updates February 2014.