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Turquoise Museum

2107 Central Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 (West Old Town)
(505) 247-8650‎
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Ranked #35 of 123 attractions in Albuquerque
Type: Specialty Museums
Most recent review
- Jul 25, 2014
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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Who would have ever imagined Turquoise came in so many different shades, matrixes, shapes, sizes and colors. The layout of the museum is astonishing beginning on how it is mined and from where it comes from to who wore it in ancient times to today's celebrities majestically adorned in it. Truly the experience and the knowledge gained was far worth... More

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Lubbock, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you are considering investing in turquoise jewelry or other items with this semi-precious stone in it, I highly recommend taking the tour. Note that you can't just show up whenever. Tours on Saturday were at 11 and 1 pm. We had the grandson Jacob leading the tour. There's a lot of valuable information to learn to be able to... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The Turquoise Museum is truly a gem. We were very fortunate to have Joe Dan himself guide us through the exhibits. He took great care explaining turquoise from the mine to gemstone. We spent about 2 hours at the museum. The museum has the usual displays of magnificent gems, history and the difference between natural turquoise and imitation.

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Vero Beach, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Want the low-down on turquoise? Visit the Turquoise Museum. I was doing a little internet research before my recent trip to Santa Fe, and found this museum. I own turquoise and love it. So after flying in to Albuquerque, I located the museum and took the tour with Joe P. He is very knowledgeable and nice and funny. The tour... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

And some very unusual pieces of turquoise. If you cherish your illusions about turquoise, don't go to this museum. But if you are interested in truly learning about this misunderstood gem then this is the place for you. Informative guide was able to answer any question tossed his way. Well worth the visit and I would recommend this attraction to... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Love this place. Learn about the history and see samples of numerous mines from all over the world ...GORGEOUS.. ..like you've never seen before...at least I had not. Also you can learn about the process as well as where it really comes from vs marketing. How to tell real from fake. The list goes on and a lovely shop to... More

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149 reviews 149 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We took a tour led by the grandfather. From what we were told, the grandson leads a lot of the tours and the grandfather fills in for him. We learned a great deal about turquoise. If you're thinking about purchasing any expensive turquois jewelry you would do well to take the tour before shopping. The guide really loves turquoise, is... More

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We were just too curious. We couldn't imagine what there could possibly be at a turquoise museum, lol. BUT, our guide, Jared (?) was very knowledgeable! He did a great job sharing the history of this unique stone. There are several displays well- presented and our guide made it fun. I wish the gift shop had more to offer. Well... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We went to the museum laughing about taking our mother there when she came to visit because she loves turquoise but we left there VERY IMPRESSED! Our tour guide was a young man who was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, the museum is filled with an abundance of artifacts and information that was very interesting. Great place to make a quick... More

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McAlester, Oklahoma
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We would have given a much better rating, but our guide left us on our own about 25 minutes into our tour. The young grandson of this 5th generation turquoise museum was giving an excellent presentation until we got to the main museum area. He then told us we were "on our own" to view and read all the displays.... More

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