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Address: 5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA
Phone Number: +1 760-603-4116
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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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You have to make a reservation to go as I recall. At any rate, there is some security when you go to park. That's because of all the gems! Amazing and beautiful stones, lovely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

You have to make a reservation to go as I recall. At any rate, there is some security when you go to park. That's because of all the gems! Amazing and beautiful stones, lovely galleries, and very knowledgeable staff. Some amazing things, and lots of good information about where stones were collected as well as how they were prepared and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The jewels displayed are beautiful. The docent did an excellent job of explaining what we were looking at, and the activities available at GIA. Well worth visiting if you have any interest in beautiful jewels

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Potomac, Maryland
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

For anyone interested in gems and precious minerals. This is mecca for gem grading in America. Beautiful facility and very informative tours with expert descents.

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San Diego, California
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
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 183 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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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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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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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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