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Turquoise Museum

2107 Central Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 (West Old Town)
(505) 247-8650‎
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Ranked #29 of 125 Attractions in Albuquerque
Type: Specialty Museums
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- Aug 23, 2014
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Ossining, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

this was a very thorough presentation about turquoise and I would give it 4 1/2 stars if I could. If you are planning on buying any, it is well worth your time. Our guide Jacob, was friendly, knowledgeable and funny. the exhibits were very interesting and sources of information were also shared. Not only did we learn about the commercial... More

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Walnut Creek, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Finally I was able to make time to visit the museum, It is located in a ordinary strip mall and on first glance I was wondering about how the visit would go. It was a fascinating experience starting with the family run tour. I thoroughly enjoyed the history of how it is mined and how it is graded and all... More

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San Francisco, California, USA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The family that runs this museum has long been in the turquoise industry (generations)- which makes the tour that much more fascinating. They talk about the gems themselves but also how turquoise is mined around the world, facts about the trade and industry, culture surrounding it. Well worth the time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Our guide, Jacob was great! Very knowledgeable and funny. It was interesting and educational. Don't let the strip mall location deter you. It's worth the visit!

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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Enjoyed the museum, guide was very knowledgeable about the history, mining and identity of natural and altered or false turquoise. A good way to see a lot of interesting turquoise from around the world. If you like turquoise and are in Albuquerque, this is a must see.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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
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4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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