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GIA Museum

Address: 5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA
Phone Number: +1 760-603-4116
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Ranked #10 of 24 Attractions in Carlsbad
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: GIA's museum in Carlsbad is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.M. To 5 p.M. With...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner 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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Southern California
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147 reviews 147 reviews
41 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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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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18 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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Livermore,CA
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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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Vista, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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