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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 #24 of 104 Attractions in Albuquerque
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums

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New York City, New York
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

The Turquoise was amazing! A family owned business that has been around for years. So much history about Turquoise I never knew, and Josh who was our guide (and the son of the owner) has so much knowledge on the subject area and was very friendly. I was very impressed by the over all experience and recommend it to everyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

December 2014, The Best Museum we visited in New Mexico ! Fit for all ages. 2 hour tour for just $10 , it was so interesting, that we couldn't leave museum for another hour. - learned how to detect fake from real stones -the biggest collection of the stones - free expertise on your own turquoise stones - they cut... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

If you have an interest in turquoise this museum is a great stop. There is a tour included. Our guide the son of the current head of this family owned business was very knowledgeable and encouraged questions. The amount and variety of turquoise from around the world was impressive. If you love geology, rock hounding or turquoise jewelry consider stopping... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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35 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

A Museum that is family owned and operated. Very unassuming in a strip center. Packed with information that is one of a kind. Nice family and they are all hard workers. Several books have been written by the Father that are a must.

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

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

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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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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12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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