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Address: 5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA
Phone Number: +1 760-603-4116
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: GIA's museum in Carlsbad is open to the public Monday through Friday from...
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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DONT take your wife

A tour of the Gem Institute is a must-the types of gems,the carvings of gems -just beautiful-the guide was fun and knowledgable

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
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Quogue, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

A tour of the Gem Institute is a must-the types of gems,the carvings of gems -just beautiful-the guide was fun and knowledgable

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Dayton, Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Visited on a Wednesday late morning after obtaining required advance reservation. Beautiful campus, but very limited tour. Basically the rotunda, lobby, a couple of hallways, and a small but informative exhibit area beside the cafeteria. Don't go unless you're a gem lover or jewelry professional. Very much a homage to the GIA founders & large donors.

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Landers, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We took my diamond over to GIA to be graded and found this huge campus. Museum and school on property. Gorgeous gems and jewelry. Take the time and tour this facility.

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Southern California
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167 reviews 167 reviews
47 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I have taken the guided tour a couple of times and highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in gemstones and jewelry. It’s a small museum, but the guides are informative and I thoroughly enjoyed the tours I have taken. The tour is free, but you must make a reservation. Reservations are easy to make…. by either calling or... More 

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British Columbia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

a short drive from LEGOLAND which was nice. We found parking to very limited. Almost left due to no spots and traffic. It was over Christmas holidays granted. After getting in though it was nothing special. It's an outlet mall.

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

A really interesting morning - the gem collection is fascinating, with many, many beautiful stones, some we'd heard of and others which were totally new to us. (e.g.: Benitoite, gem stone of California, stunningly beautiful....but I was unable to find any in jewellery shops while we were in California!) There's also a display of incredible close-up photos of precious stones,... More 

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Carlsbad, CA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Went with a school group and it was fun. Very informative and the people were super nice. Not a place that I would plan to go if I were just visiting Carlsbad but if you are interested in going there, it's world class!

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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LA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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77 reviews 77 reviews
18 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

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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