Turquoise Museum

Turquoise Museum, Albuquerque: Hours, Address, Turquoise Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Turquoise Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
Monday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
About
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 closed Sundays, Holidays and Special days please call for before you come.
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More than 3 hours
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Alice
Anchor Point, AK5 contributions
Disappointing
May 2021
My mother and I were very excited to go inside this building. The staff were unwilling to talk about the building due to a "family dispute." Much of the building is not accessible to the public and the windows are covered by thick drapes. Disappointing, Definitely not worth the price.
Written June 4, 2021
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mariahbay
Heath, TX212 contributions
So You Thought You Knew Turquoise
May 2021
Excellent museum run by a family that's been in the turquoise business for eons and they personally run it. The collection is massive, diverse, expertly documented for the layman and truly worth your time. Recommended it to a couple we met in Santa Fe and they loved it too!
Written June 2, 2021
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KansasLiz85
Hays, KS9 contributions
Hidden gem!
May 2021
A friend and I visited this weekend and we were blown away. The museum is in a beautiful mansion on beautiful grounds. This is a family museum and the father and son who run the museum are enthusiastic about turquoise and education. There were few visitors while we were there, and most of the three hours were were there either the father or son was with us telling us incredible stories about the museum, family, turquoise, everything. I am definitely going to go back next time I am visiting Albuquerque. Because of COVID they are having you buy tickets online. We were able to walk in off the street and come in right away, but if you don't buy tickets online ahead of time, you may end up having to wait until the next entry time.
Written May 30, 2021
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Ryan W
Wilmington, DE122 contributions
Eye opening and inspiring!
May 2021
2 and a half hours with Joe Don Lowry and family exploring everything there is to know and understand about turquoise! from all over the world... DON'T MISS THIS!
Written May 17, 2021
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EconMom
Jacksonville, FL320 contributions
Fascinating Museum
Mar 2021
On the day I visited the museum was staffed by the founding family, with the curator and executive director on hand to answer any questions I had. We had some great conversations and it was more like a private tour of this wonderful museum. The building is beautiful, and immediately upon entrance you learn the history of the family and the museum and get a sense of the beauty of turquoise with the striking chandelier. The exhibits tell you everything you would want to know about turquoise, from the mining of it to the science behind its formation, trade routes, its uses, how to detect a counterfeit, turquoise in modern culture and of course many examples from around the world. I planned on spending about an hour here, but since I am a reader I spent a couple of hours and I learned so much. If you are an educator like me, you will appreciate that the displays cover every subject matter from science to math to literature and social studies. This was definitely one of the highlights of my extended stay in Albuquerque—and I brought home some terrific souvenirs from the gift shop as well. A hidden gem (no pun intended)!
Written May 4, 2021
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Judy B
Houston, TX13 contributions
Turquoise Museum
I only had a few hours left before my flight leaving Albuquerque, so I chose at the last minute to go experience the Turquoise Museum. I really enjoyed learning all about real and imitation turquoise! I learned when looking to purchase turquoise if it is not advertised as “natural” then it is imitation (wish I had known that before I purchased my set)!! But of course natural turquoise is much more expensive, so buy what you like and what your finances will permit!
Written April 26, 2021
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socalukgirl
Diamond Bar, CA108 contributions
learned so much
Apr 2021
This was a highlight of our trip to Albuquerque. We enjoyed the museum. We were one of two families in the museum, so the owners son was kind enough to give us a personal tour. We learned so much about Turquoise and how to decipher the quality. Very informative and their collection is amazing. They say it is the largest in the world. They have at least one sample of Turquoise from every part of the world. I would count over 200 chandeliers also!
Written April 11, 2021
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Anngie E
Troy, MO26 contributions
Great Family-owned Museum
Apr 2021 • Friends
Great family-owned museum! Many beautiful pieces and very informed guides. Good indoor activity if its hot outside. The building is amazing too
Written April 10, 2021
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Kathleen J
Sunnyvale, CA578 contributions
Wonderful way to spend an afternoon
Apr 2021
The most incredible thing about the turquoise museum is the building in which it is located. It's worth going just for that! We'd have been even happier if the coffee shop had been up and running. [It was closed due to Covid-19.] There was a lot to learn about!

The frustrating thing was trying to use the phone/internet system to listen to the videos, which were not really informational. It would be helpful to have a video showing many of the stones and their stories rather than having to try to read so many detailed signs.

But we did really have a good time talking with the owners and learning about the family history.

For 8 years the museum has only done online ticket sales; they do not open on days when no tickets have been prepurchased, so you can't count on finding it open for spur-of-the-moment entrance.
Written April 7, 2021
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Dena E
5 contributions
Made my entire trip!!!!
Dec 2020 • Solo
During the 4 days I was actually staying in Albuquerque, I couldn't get a ticket so I purchased my ticket for a day during the Santa Fe leg of my trip and prayed the weather would hold out (it snowed the day before) and drove the r/t 2 hours and it was absolutely worth it!!! I ended up with a private tour with Joe, the curator/owner, a hot cup of Turquoise Joe in my hand and an unforgettable 3 hour conversation. This was by far the most fascinating time I spent in Albuquerque, and likely one of the best, if not the best, museum tours I've had in all my worldly travels. The castle itself is intriguing, the Turquoise collection is staggering and Joe himself is a one-of-a-kind which combined, made for a worthwhile, memorable and enjoyable experience. Highly recommend!!!
Written December 13, 2020
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Turquoise Museum is open:
  • Mon - Mon 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Turquoise Museum admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost $20.00, while a popular guided tour starts around $18.00 per person. See all 8 Turquoise Museum tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

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