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GIA Museum

Closes in 30 min: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Do this - a very interesting couple of hours.

My wife loves anything rocks - so this was right up her alley. The tour was about 2 hours and very... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
Surprisingly interesting - even for someone not that enamored of gems!

This is primarily a school - but for the benefit of students as well as visitors they have... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2018
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GIA's museum in Carlsbad is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.M. To 5 p.M. With appointment.
Closes in 30 min
Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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5345 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4602
+1 760-603-4116
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife loves anything rocks - so this was right up her alley. The tour was about 2 hours and very interesting. I would recommend doing the self guided tour - you have more time to study the exhibits. The tour had to keep moving.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mark072072
Reviewed September 5, 2018

This is primarily a school - but for the benefit of students as well as visitors they have assembled a wide range of interesting artifacts, exhibits, and explanations that make this a quite interesting place for adults to visit. Not really a science museum, but...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank onetravelman
Reviewed August 27, 2018

I was not sure what to expect when I booked the guided tour offered by the GIA but it was exceptional. If you love gems and minerals or just want to learn more this is a great place to go. The guided tour is the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank TerryofMB
Reviewed August 6, 2018

I has a fantastic time touring the museum, the docent was extremely knowledgeable and spoke clearly so that everyone could understand her through their headsets. I love gemstones, and this was a highlight of my trip. Hopefully I will be back to take classes this...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Kimberly R
Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

This place is like no other. Call ahead to get a tour of the hundreds of gemstones, diamonds and minerals on display. They also have an amazing library with the most complete gem history in the world. Great place to visit on a date or...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank jrecogems
Reviewed May 2, 2018

You call in 24hrs in advance to make a reservation, which gives you a spot in one of the two-hour tour slots. So come at the beginning of the two-hours! We didn't understand this and thought that we could come at any time during the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank OrangeOrb
Reviewed March 22, 2018

would have preferred to peak over the shoulder of the workers and trainees. Hard to really see and appreciate the various items as the are behind glass, Front door staff were gracious. Once is enough

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Alohakaua
Reviewed January 28, 2018 via mobile

In the CA world of pricey admissions this place has free tours with and without docents. The tours with docents are by reservation only. Entering this place is like going into an overseas embassy. We needed to provide our names when we made the reservation...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank 40nancym
Reviewed January 18, 2018

In Carlsberg CA near LEGOLAND this tour was the most unusual place we have discovered in years. The Carlsbad CA facility is the world headquarters for GIA. They are also a school for students to study Gem Stones. On the tour of this facility you...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Allen H
Reviewed November 17, 2017

On a girls' trip to Carlsbad and scheduled a tour here upon the recommendation of a friend. Security is tight; must schedule ahead and produce ID at the gate. Great tour on a beautiful campus. You will see gems, original stones, and beautiful jewelry designed...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Ann B
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December 7, 2017|
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Response from Ann B | Reviewed this property |
No, you do not have to be a member and it's free. You do have to call and reserve. You must present identification at the gate to gain entrance to the facility.
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Response from eastcoastbb | Reviewed this property |
Hours: Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. From the GIA web site: Open to the public by appointment only. To schedule an individual or group tour for GIA's location in Carlsbad, please call: +1 800 421 7250, ext. 4116 +1 760 603... More