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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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A gem of a place

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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San Diego, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

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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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
6 helpful votes 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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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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186 reviews 186 reviews
58 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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
34 helpful votes 34 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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