Museo de Gemas

Museo de Gemas, Puerto Madryn: Hours, Address, Museo de Gemas Reviews: 4.5/5

Museo de Gemas
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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104 reviews
Very good

Loree P
Gloucester, VA15 contributions
Amazing Experience for Rock Lovers
Jan 2020
It took us awhile to find it, but it was worth every footstep to get there! An amazing place full of fantastic specimens of local crystals - a surprising amount!! Father and son were so hospitable and knowledgeable! A place I hope to return to when travel is an option again!
Written May 2, 2020
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Caroline B
10 contributions
Incredible men!
Nov 2019
Some cool rocks and gems, but the highlight is absolutely talking to Antonio and Andrés. They're incredibly knowledgeable and will tell you incredible stories about not only the gems but all of Puerto Madryn and los Pueblos Originarios in Argentina. Could have spent hours there talking to them but had to leave. Totally free to enter but they do sell gems and pendants, and the profits from that go towards keeping the museum open and funding stone-working classes for people in need who want to develop a profession. I got to touch some super incredible fossils and rare rocks.
Written November 19, 2019
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Bradley G
Irvine, CA115 contributions
Rocks, Fossils and Knowledge!
Nov 2019 • Couples
What a great find! A bit out of the downtown and in a residential/commercial area, but we persisted and found it. A bit tricky to get in at first, but eventually Andres let us in and did a personal tour of the many rocks and fossils, the vast majority from the Patagonia area and mostly from Chubut Province where we are. He and his father are silversmiths, and rock finders and cutters/polishers, so the display is impressive, with rocks I have never seen or heard of like blue quartz, mailenika and others. Very beautiful, and lots of rocks, pendants, fossils, earrings, etc for sale. If you like rocks, this is the place to go! For a very reasonable sum, we went away with beautiful pendants, unusual agates and others. No credit cards, so bring cash including American dollars if you can.
Written November 2, 2019
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London, UK8,037 contributions
Fascinating museum with unusual artefacts, workshop and shop. Friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic host. No photos.
Jan 2019 • Solo
We three British middle aged guys were exploring Patagonia, ending in PM before flying back to BA.

After a day of wandering town to explore the museums, which were mostly closed unfortunately on that Wednesday so we split up as my friends were tired from walking but I had researched via TA that this museum was the only one open but a fair way to walk. My friends had had enough of traipsing around so I ventured forth to the far reaches of suburban PM. I
arrived at 17:35 on a Wednesday to find an odd looking building, in an unkempt (but not dangerous) part if town, with crenelations with a portico with steps up to it.

On entering it was a warehouse style building with rows of display cases on one side and behind a counter workers were busy tooling stones. A gentleman came direct to me and offered a tour of the museum. I had heard of the hospitality offered and it seemed this was the man often referred to in the reviews.

He took me to a table full of interesting minerals, artefacts and enthusiastically described each piece. I have a couple if Geologist friends back in London so I asked if I could Facebook live his showing me round to them (using my 4G SIM). He agreed and I set it up. He patiently started again and my friends appreciated the fossilised dinosaur faeces, pink agate, quartz, meteorite, obsidian, azure, agate stone with liquid in and many more.

At the end he allowed me to live video the showcases . It is only then that I saw a sign saying 'No photography allowed'! Oooops, but he said I need not worry (his English was good). I have not included the photos of the displays in respect for his business.

I thanked him for his tour and cooperation and he was grateful for my interest, even though I said I could not buy anything at all as was on 5kg hand luggage only. There was certainly lots of fine work on offer, obviously made on the premises, so if you have room for a souvenir then put some money his way! I left a 50pesos/£1 donation in his box which is the normal entry price for anywhere and he was pleased. I was so grateful that he was actually open on that day and till relatively late (6pm, it was a working place after all). My friends I was with had missed out, although my friends back in London had gained a gem in a remote part of PM. I walked back to my hotel thoroughly edified having seen and handled things never seen or handled before!
Written April 27, 2019
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New York City, NY108 contributions
Wow! What an experience!
Dec 2018 • Family
You drive up to an unassuming building on a dusty, unpacked road and walk into a place that is being renovated, but we were blown away. The knowledgeable person in charge gave us a personal tour of the rocks and stones in the cases, and then we sat down at a table where he proceeded to intrigue us with data about the historical, archeological, philosophical, and spiritual information about the various stones we could touch and examine. Although his English is not perfect, he was passionate about his subjects and got his points across to me (my Spanish is halting.). Wait till you see the hydrolite! And the mailenita! And the giant coprolite! And the lava! And and and...and the museum is free! There is a small gift shop, though.
Written December 18, 2018
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Midwest City, OK79 contributions
No pun intended, a hidden gem
Oct 2017 • Couples
We dropped in, with time to kill in Puerto Madryn, and were happy to spend over an hour there. the owner was more than happy to show us around, try to explain things (more than once, using google translate on his phone) and the items on display are very interesting.
In addition to gemstones, there are insects and butterflys on display, and they also do metalwork there as well.
Free, and fun.
Written November 21, 2017
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Diego N
Buenos Aires, Argentina219 contributions
Gems. They have them all
Sep 2017 • Family
The goldsmith is a disciple of the famous Argentine goldsmith Carlos Pallarols who made Lady Di's rose and the Pope's chalice. He is very knowledgeable about rocks and precious stones and much more. You will have an interesting guided tour at his museum. They have a gift shop with beautiful rocks and precious stones. He made the sanctuary at Parroquia del Sagrado Corazón with the formula of the golden number.
Written September 6, 2017
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Buenos Aires, Argentina67 contributions
It's worth it!!!!
Jun 2015 • Family
Excellent place to visit!! It's a few block from town but it's worth a visit. The owner takes all his time to explain the story behind the gems and even lets you touch them and weight them. Both father and son do a remarkable job with the community teaching kids from poor communities taking them out from the street. This is a very noble activity and it's good to visit and support them by spreading their work. I also bought myself a lovely ring at a very competitive rate!
Written August 17, 2015
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Museo de Gemas is open:
  • Mon - Mon 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Mon - Mon 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Tue - Tue 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Wed - Sat 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Wed - Sat 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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