Museo del Jade Marco Fidel Tristán Castro

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The museum building
An Olmec baby-face figurine from the Museo Nacional del Jade

The Museo del Jade is an archaeological museum in San José, Costa Rica. It is since 2014 located in front of Plaza de la Democracia. It was founded in 1977 by Fidel Tristán Castro, the first president of the INS. The museum has an extensive collection of pre-Columbian artifacts, such as stone tables (metates), ceramics, ceremonial heads, adzes, and other decorative pieces from 500 BC to 800AD. It contains the world's largest collection of American jade.[1] The jade room of the museum also displays translucent jade pendants, mostly purchased from private collections.[2]


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  1. ^ "Museo de Jade | San José, Costa Rica Attractions". Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  2. ^ Baker, C.P. (2005). Costa Rica. Dorling Kindersley Eye Witness Travel Guides. p. 67.

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Coordinates: 9°56′11″N 84°04′25″W / 9.93639°N 84.07361°W / 9.93639; -84.07361