The Gold Museum in San Jose is one of the four best gold museums in the world. It is situated below the Plaza de la Cultura (Cultural Plaza), behind the National Theater, and contains an impressive collection of pre-Columbian gold works of art,
The Jade & Pre-Columbian Art Museum is located in the Plaza de la Democracia (Democracy Plaza) in the center of San Jose. Besides pre-Columbian jade artifacts, it also displays works of art of this era made from stone and ceramic.
The National Museum of Costa Rica, which is housed in the former military garrison of Buena Vista in the Plaza de la Democracia, provides the most extensive collection of artifacts and information about past history up to contemporary times in Costa Rica.
The National Theater in San Jose, built in neoclassical style, is an architectural gem of the 19th century with an exquisite internal decor. It is located directly opposite the Metropolitan Cathedral in the Central Park. The entrance hall is very impressive, featuring Carara marble, gold leaf,