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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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Interesting small museum

Located near Legoland, this museum is attached to one of the principal training centers for gemologists in the US. As a working school, the museum is also a study collection and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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San Diego, California

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Located near Legoland, this museum is attached to one of the principal training centers for gemologists in the US. As a working school, the museum is also a study collection and the pieces change from time to time. Not for small children, but children ages 10 and up, and adults, would be interested. Admission is free but a reservation is... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Call to make a reservation, and then have a docent walk you through the famous campus's collection of gems and minerals. They have beautiful and magnificent pieces for the public to enjoy. It's all free, but there are no walk-ins...security is tight.

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Surat, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The GIA Museum is a small museum but it has very large collection of rare gems and gem like minerals. The tour is free but advance reservation is required.

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Upland, California
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This is a world class facility hosting a fascinating collection of gemstones. It is an easy side trip if you are in the area. Plan to spend about an hour. Call ahead 24 hours to schedule your visit. This is not a museum for kids, they would be bored to death. Admission is free as of this review.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

What beautiful jewelry and stones - it'll make you drool. I was fascinated but then I like looking at sparkly things.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This is a great place to visit. You will go through security check at the guard gate, but it's a simple process. I'd like to take classes here one day!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

walking tour of classes with many exhibits of gems as found and as made into gorgeous jewelry; food available; note must be identified in advance for entry

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Quogue, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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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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Address: 5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA
Phone Number: +1 760-603-4116
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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