|The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum is a museum in San José, Costa Rica. It is located in a building underneath the Plaza de la cultura and is managed by the Banco Central de Costa Rica. The museum has a collection of over 1600 artifacts. The Central Bank began collecting the country's gold patrimony in 1950.|
|The Costa Rican metallurgical tradition was imported from Colombia, and its hallmarks include a casting method involving wax and the use of gold-copper alloys to make the metal more malleable. The earliest pieces are small and realistic; some are trade goods from Colombia.|
In southern Costa Rica, the discovery of gold deposits meant that artisans could afford to be more profligate, and the artifacts became bigger and bolder.