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Turquoise Museum

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Address: 2107 Central Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87105
Phone Number:
+1 505-247-8650
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10:45 am - 11:05 am
12:45 pm - 1:05 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:45 am - 11:05 am
12:45 pm - 1:05 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Turquoise Museum and its collection of turquoise have been used as a...

The Turquoise Museum and its collection of turquoise have been used as a source of information and pictures for over 22 years. Uncover the mystery of turquoise, delve into its’ rich history, learn about the different mines, specimens, and stories of colorful characters at The Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Authors of books, magazines, articles, and research papers have all used the museum as a source of information. Its rich repository of turquoise specimens from over one hundred mines, educations, and histories make it a must see in its’ travel exhibits and permanent location in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The museum is still privately owned and operated to this day.

The Museum is open for two Guided tours Monday through Saturday, at 11am and 1pm. reservations are recommended space is limited. The Museum is closed Sundays, Holidays and Special days please call for before you come.

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LEARNING FIRST

This is a Place for the NEW/Curious Turquoise Purchasers. You may take your time learning about different types and where they are from Cost,color,size,mines, popular and rarity... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a Place for the NEW/Curious Turquoise Purchasers. You may take your time learning about different types and where they are from Cost,color,size,mines, popular and rarity. The history is also interesting. Learn before you buy that's what I say and believe in. Thanks for reading and good hunting for the right stone for you.

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Sonoma, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We learned so much about turquoise from Joe Dan! Where it is mined (all over the world), how turquoise varies from mine-to-mine, and maybe most importantly about "natural" turquoise vs. all the rest. The personal tour from Joe Dan is entertaining and informative. He is a warm and gracious host and I came away with a better understanding of the... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Turquoise Museum in Old Town Albuquerque is worth a visit. Don't be put off by the exterior - strip mall location, bars on the doors and windows. Once you get inside, the family running this small facility are quite friendly and very knowledgable. The displays are interesting, well-designed and well-maintained. Several include a hands-on element. Even a quick visit... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017 via mobile

We had a fun and learning experience on our tour. The location is not a likely place for a museum but it makes for real easy parking. It's not like a typical 'big' museum - you don't just stop in and wander. You go through on a tour and that includes great information and time to look around on your... More 

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

Jacob did an incredible job of explaining about all aspects of turquoise. He was very interesting and funny. I would recommend this for anyone interested in turquoise.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

Jacob is the 5th generation running this business. A museum that explains orgins, history, how to identify natural stones and fakes, current uses of the stone..all very interesting. Museums and collectors from all over the world, consult with this family of experts. This museum is currently in a store-front shop behind Walgreens. So, while not a "fancy" place, it is... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

We booked this tour to fill in some time between events, became a bit apprehensive when we found it in a strip mall with the biggest attraction appearing to be Walgreeen's, and found ourselves having learned our first valuable lesson -the meaning of not judging a book by its cover. This is a must for anyone who wants to know... More 

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Ventura, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

The regular tour guide, a grandson of a pioneer in the New Mexico turquoise business, provided revealing details that made the tour an interesting and personal view of a long-time family business and an under-rated gem stone. The signs about the "mystical" powers attributed to stones were funny rants against pseudo science. The displays were informal but impressive.

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Philipsburg, MT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

while visiting a friend in Albuquerque we visited much of what the city and surrounding area offered. I had read about the Turquoise Museum on Tripadvisorand really wanted to go. Our friend was not familiar with it and assumed it might be a tacky tourist trap. Let me tell you, we were all SO impressed. Even without a special interest... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

We really enjoyed the museum and would return as there is so much information to be had there. Jacob was a great host gave us an excellent tour.

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