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Turquoise Museum

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Address: 2107 Central Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87105
Phone Number: +1 505 247 8650
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10:45 am - 11:05 am
12:45 pm - 1:05 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:45 am - 11:05 am
12:45 pm - 1:05 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Turquoise Museum and its collection of turquoise have been used as a...

The Turquoise Museum and its collection of turquoise have been used as a source of information and pictures for over 22 years. Uncover the mystery of turquoise, delve into its’ rich history, learn about the different mines, specimens, and stories of colorful characters at The Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Authors of books, magazines, articles, and research papers have all used the museum as a source of information. Its rich repository of turquoise specimens from over one hundred mines, educations, and histories make it a must see in its’ travel exhibits and permanent location in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The museum is still privately owned and operated to this day.

The Museum is open for two Guided tours Monday through Saturday, at 11am and 1pm. reservations are recommended space is limited. The Museum is closed Sundays, Holidays and Special days please call for before you come.

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The world's turquoise

If you like turquoise, this little museum is not to be missed. They have examples of turquoise from about every source in the world. Be sure to take the tour and learn how... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Edgerton, Wisconsin
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Edgerton, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like turquoise, this little museum is not to be missed. They have examples of turquoise from about every source in the world. Be sure to take the tour and learn how turquoise is mined and prepared into gems.

1 Thank Irenbendum
Bayville, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was more of a store than a museum in my opinion. It is in a strip mall. I would have probably rated higher if we had made the tour. but they are only twice a day, at 11 and 2. We missed the 11 by 15 minutes and they would not let us catch up. Was not able to... More 

1 Thank dinerdon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I called ahead to book the tour in the morning. The lady on the phone was very polite. I arrived on time and chatted with the friendly young man who was to guide me around the museum. The tour was extremely informative. From the pictures on the flyers etc., I was surprised to find the museum in a strip mall.... More 

1 Thank Brad M
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have always been fascinated by turquoise and even have a couple of books on the subject. What a treat to discover that the author of one of my books was the quietly charming, endlessly knowledgeable gentleman manning the museum and shop for our visit. The 90 minute tour run by his grandson, Jacob, was a trip highlight. Jacob is... More 

1 Thank antiquequeenz
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

Hard to believe this is tucked away in a shopping center. A great collection of turquoise information and exhibits. It was entertaining and informative. Fabulously knowledgeable multi-generational family effort going on here. Even if you just like turquoise a little there is something to gain here.

1 Thank MnM1112
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

I had a private tour and learned so much! It was SUPER fun! It is definitely a hidden gem. I learned so much about turquoise.

1 Thank Amy W
San Marcos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We stayed in Albuquerque one night on our way to Santa Fe just to visit the Turquoise Museum. It was the best decision, what a fabulous place! Our tour guide, Jacob Lowry, was very engaging and extremely knowledgeable. The museum exhibits are extensive despite the low key appearance from the outside. You will learn a great deal about turquoise and... More 

1 Thank M K
Georgetown, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

The docent for our tour was the grandson of the creator of this museum. Very informative, and entertaining.

1 Thank Txluv
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

Even if you don't collect or buy turquoise jewelry, this is worth a visit. You cannot tour the museum alone, you must take the tour. The tour takes about 1 1/2 hours and is fascinating. This has been owned through several generations and the knowledge of turquoise is amazing. You will learn to ask the right questions and know what... More 

1 Thank corvettegirl07
Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

If you are interested in turquoise this is the place to visit in Albuquerque. It is well worth the effort to book a tour and learn from the experts. Yes, it is a little quirky but that is what makes it an interesting & fun learning experience. I also loved their gift shop.

1 Thank Christine D

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