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GIA Museum

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Address: 5345 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4602
Phone Number: +1 760-603-4116
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

GIA's museum in Carlsbad is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8...

GIA's museum in Carlsbad is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.M. To 5 p.M. With appointment.

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Visiting Son at school

I feel super safe in here. And rightly so with the armed security and security gate check. Make sure you make an appointment or you're not getting in. Proud mama!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Rocky J
Santa Barbara, California
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Santa Barbara, California
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I feel super safe in here. And rightly so with the armed security and security gate check. Make sure you make an appointment or you're not getting in. Proud mama!

Thank Rocky J
Carlsbad, California
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've been here a couple times on school field trips. It's a very cool place if you like stones, minerals and gems...and I do. The kids were actually allowed to hold and examine the stones. I like this place

Thank lumpyd0g
Corona del Mar, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We had a group tour, about 2 hours, Tom explained all about gems, diamonds, jewelry, history, and what they do there. They have a mini-musem, small cafe, beautiful displays, real diamonds and gems. I think you need a tour guide to truly appreciate all of it. Beautiful building, friendly staff, just a wonderful experience. Near Carlsbad Outlets, Flower Fields, and... More 

Thank JeffBransford
Carlsbad, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

If you have kids who enjoy rocks and jewelry this is a good quick stop. There are cases in the exhibit that are interestingly beautiful. The GIA is also great if you can get a tour for the school so that you may be able to go behind the scenes.

Thank Trekduet
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

If you have ever had an interest in Gems and Jewelry, you owe it to yourself to set time aside and schedule (RESERVATIONS ONLY) a visit, and/or add a guided tour, to the Gemological Institute of America - GIA. What a wow factor in the things people can do with a mindset towards art and gemstone arrangements. Educational and nice... More 

Thank Louis M
Trevor, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

We highly recommend arranging time for yourself to visit this beautiful building and displays. You need to call ahead to make a reservation. It isn't very large so it doesn't take long to look at the exhibits and listen to the self guided tour. Best of all it is free!

Thank cancan449
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

Young children may not like this tour....it is more for us older folks. Either way, you must take this tour. They show you where gems come from and how they are processed. They have many examples of all the precious stones. Unfortunately they are all locked up behind glass, so no free samples here. Whether you are into gem stones,... More 

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Beaufort, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

A gem of a small museum! Gorgeous jewelry & gemstones in an attractive setting. Must make an appointment to visit though. A little hard to find but well worth while.

Thank BeaufortJane
United States
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213 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 397 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

BOOK IN ADVANCE I booked a tour at the GIA Museum about 3 weeks in advance. When you arrive at the manned gate at the entrance to the parking lot, they check to see if your name is on the list and look at your I.D. We parked on the street, but you can park in the visitor spaces in... More 

4 Thank lwew
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

the only place more interesting regarding gemstones I have ever been is the Museum of Natural History in Washington DC and the Crown Jewel Room in London. Very educational.

1 Thank Jutta S

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