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Turquoise Museum

2107 Central Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 (West Old Town)
(505) 247-8650‎
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Ranked #27 of 125 Attractions in Albuquerque
Type: Specialty Museums
Most recent review
- Sep 6, 2014
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Tucson, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

You enter a nondescript storefront into a small room with turquoise jewelry and raw stones displayed, and you browse until the tour starts. Your guide, Jacob, a 3rd generation trader, takes you into rooms of turquoise and more and explains everything from turquoise's origins, content, mining, history, and more. He'll show you cases of amazing jewelry. You'll learn about natural... More

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Fox Point, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Just got back from my third trip to the city and found this museum. What a treasure! I didn't realize that there was so much history in turquoise. Small location in a shopping center. The tour was about an hour and we could wander around and read. Turquoise will never look the same to me. Great fun.

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Shiloh, Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

You will learn more about how turquoise is formed and how it becomes jewelry. You will see a great collection of fine turquoise within the museum's vault. Tour guide is the owner and he knows a lot. He will also show you how turquoise gets adulterated to make it look more expensive when it isn't. They sell turquoise jewelry but... More

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Ossining, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 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

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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36 reviews 36 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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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