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GIA Museum

5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA
+1 760-603-4116
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Ranked #15 of 30 Attractions in Carlsbad
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: GIA's museum in Carlsbad is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.M. To 5 p.M. With appointment.
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

You must make reservations at least a day ahead. The docent was not very knowledgeable, but the tour was still interesting. The tour is free, and the collection on view very beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a very small yet charming museum. It's really more of a school with wonderful exhibits which are open to the public. We opted for the guided tour because our 11 year old son is a gem/crystal nut. We had a wonderful time and saw some beautiful gems. It's a short and sweet tour -1.5 hour, and you can... More

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Carlsbad, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I visited GIA with my son's class as part of a field trip and was very impressed with the tour, information, and beautiful pieces of jewelry. The location looks out to the ocean and it's intriguing to see how much security is involved in protecting the precious gems housed here. If you have any interest in precious stones and rare... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We took the guided docent tour. So. Much. Talking. If you want to learn about the history of the GIA and what students there do, by all means take the docent tour.; Otherwise the displays are very informative and you can pace yourself around quite adequately. We really enjoyed seeing some truly amazing pieces and actually did learn quite a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

When I go on vacation I look for things off the beaten path. GIA did not disappoint. The tours are free but you have to make an appointment. We decided to take the self-guided tour but when we arrived there was a docent with nothing to do and she walked us around and gave us the history on everything. If... More

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Franklin, Tennessee
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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This is a neat place to see. You can either book a fully guided tour or take a self-guided tour with a docent available to answer questions. I took the self-guided tour so I could spend as much or little time as I wanted touring the facility. There are lots of gorgeous jewelry pieces, gems, and mineral samples that are... More

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Denver, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

I'm a gem hunter want to be so this place is a dream for me. If you appreciate earths bling check this place out

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Very informative tour of about 1.5 hours. You not only learn about gems but they give information to make you a better investor of jewelry. They have rotating exhibits that make you ooh and aah. Make sure to make reservations ahead of time and get there about 15 minutes early to park. They do not let you go in any... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Plan ahead and call for a tour. It's 1.5 hours and you get to see a lot. It's free, easy to get to (near Legoland above the flower fields), and educational. This is a first class place, and you get a first class tour.

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San Diego, California, United States
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28 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Free docent led tours, but you must reserve your spot ahead of time to clear security. If you like pretty things, science or the art of jewelry making, then you will find all of it here. The museum, halls and library allow a close-up look at this world center of gemological education.

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