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Turquoise Museum

Address: 2107 Central Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 (West Old Town)
Phone Number: (505) 247-8650‎
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Ranked #25 of 86 Attractions in Albuquerque
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums

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Tucson, Arizona
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went here with a group participating in an Airstream Caravan of the Southwest. We had a wonderfully educational as well as humorous 'introduction to turquoise' lecture by the son of the current head of the family-run Turquoise Museum. This family knows turquoise and the father, who is in the jewelry shop, can tell you immediately whether... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Rather old fashioned displays which would benefit from updating. Our guide was very personable and his dad knew all about turquoise and then some. We learned about the differences between natural and stabilized stones, and even plastic masquerading as turquoise. Fortunately my Zuni ring and bracelet are natural. What a relief!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The tour given by Jacob was very enlightening. It would be foolish to spend much for turquoise jewelry without adequate knowledge of the quality of the stones. Turquoise that was beautiful to me, was in reality fake, and there are several ways to fake it. This is a 90 minute tour, but you will want and need to, spend a... More 

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Adelphi, Maryland, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Located on a strip mall, next to a CVS you might just miss their storefront entrance, but once inside you are treated to a slightly run down but lovingly put together collection of some jaw-dropping pieces of turquoise. There is a lot of information on how it is mined, polished, and the difference between "genuine" and "natural" turquoise. Jacob is... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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92 reviews 92 reviews
25 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you happen to be in the Old Town/Bio Park area, this is a neat little attraction to visit; however, it is far too small to think of it as a destination attraction. The stones are lovely and varied and the curator is very helpful.

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Yorba Linda, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

They had a great display of all things related to turquoise mining and processing. Family owned and they chatted along the way explaining stuff.

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Auburn, Washington
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43 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This museum is quite a surprise. You would never guess the size of it from the store front in a strip mall close to Old Town. The owner knows his turquoise and has some wonderful jewelry to sell. There are many informative displays on turquoise that will add to anyone turquoise lover's knowledge.

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

You will learn something if you visit here. However, be aware that this is a storefront in a pod mall - not quite as grandiose as the title might have one expecting. Our guide was the son of the family who has been involved in turquoise since his grandfather. He thinks he is quite funny & to some I'm sure... More 

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portland, oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

One of a kind museum. I thought it was worth it even if they seem a little bored with giving the 'tour'. Would've been nice to have been informed that they would have (casuallly) identified one piece of your turquoise for free with admission.

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Farmer City, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

My husband & I just visited the Turquoise Museum a few weeks ago. Jacob did a wonderful job guiding the tour. He was knowledgeable, had great stories about great grandpa, and humorous. I now have a greater understanding of turquoise mining both in US and overseas. I would advise taking the time to stop here.

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