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Turquoise Museum

400 2nd St SW, Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87124-0855
+1 505-550-0127
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Absolutely great whether you are from NM or not

A fascinating look at NM's favorite gemstone. If you are interested in buying any turquoise, this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
J N
Learning about gem stones, what a delight

Just afew years back(2) my grandson did the tour of the Turquoise museum it was wonderful. The... read more

Reviewed July 1, 2018
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Museum is Temporarily closed to relocate 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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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400 2nd St SW, Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87124-0855
West Old Town
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+1 505-550-0127
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fascinating look at NM's favorite gemstone. If you are interested in buying any turquoise, this is a great place to visit first. It is lots of fun even if you never own a piece of turquoise. They have a store but the real fun...More

1  Thank J N
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Reviewed July 1, 2018

Just afew years back(2) my grandson did the tour of the Turquoise museum it was wonderful. The history of the blue gem stone was very interesting and we also found out that one of the nams of the stone color is "Sleeping Beauty" and yes,...More

1  Thank oopslorrie
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Reviewed May 31, 2018 via mobile

Fabulous collection. Our guide was a 5th generation owner.Very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. We really enjoyed the tour and was given the last tour for this location. Closed now till August 10th. They are moving to a new larger location. Worth the $8....More

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Reviewed May 5, 2018

We were planning to buy some turquoise jewelry, but we knew very little about it. We saw many types and were told what to look for in quality, so we would not be victims in the many shops.

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Reviewed April 29, 2018

Never knew much about "turquoise" until my son, daughter-in-law, my wife and I had a tour of the Turquoise museum in Albuquerque. The exhibits are amazing and many of them are used in instructing classes about the stone. Two things to remember: turquoise is a...More

1  Thank CowdocatSA
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Reviewed April 24, 2018

Best to call ahead if you are hoping for a tour.They only do a couple tours a day.Unfortunately it was closed while we were there.

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Jacob L, Executive Director at Turquoise Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2018

Thanks for taking the time to post a review. We will be moving to a new location in August and will begin offering self-guided tours, with extended hours. I hope you'll be able to come and see us there.

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Reviewed April 23, 2018

Took the tour and found it to be very good. Lots of interesting articles and beautiful specimens. I spent two hours there and couldnt believe it! I learned so much about tourquoise.

1  Thank Deborah K
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Jacob L, Executive Director at Turquoise Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2018

I'm so glad enjoyed the tour! I hope you will be able to come see us at the castle once we get moved i.

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Reviewed April 18, 2018

The so called museum was closed when we were there. Only a not so great strip mall store that has added a "museum" inside.More

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Jacob L, Executive Director at Turquoise Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2018

I am sorry we were closed when you arrived. I hope you will come visit our new location opening in August, the new museum will have 8,500 sq ft of displays, quite an expansion from our current 6,000. In our new location our hours will...More

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Reviewed April 17, 2018

I was not aware that you can only go here on a guided tour and those are only at 11am and 1pm. Our tour guide was pretty cheesy and full of bad jokes. The museum is in a strip mall and we almost missed it....More

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Jacob L, Executive Director at Turquoise Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Starting in August the museum will be located in a castle on 2nd street, very easy to find. When we open in our new location, we will begin offering self-guided tours. I hope you will...More

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Reviewed April 9, 2018

The tour is great! Its family owned, and it houses a fantastic collection of turquoise. There were tips on how to differentiate between true turquoise and fake turquoise. If you ask, they can tell you what mine your turquoise is from. No point in arriving...More

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Jacob L, Executive Director at Turquoise Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad you enjoyed the tour! I hope you will get a chance to come seethe castle, we're opening in August.

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JoAnn Y
July 16, 2018|
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Response from Jacob L | Property representative |
Hi JoAnn, We are trying to open as soon as possible. The only thing holding us back is our construction, and at this point we don't have an exact time that will be done. We should know more in about a month. Sorry I don't... More
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1957Fury
April 15, 2017|
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Response from Jacob L | Property representative |
Hi Jan, Yes our gift shop stocks both books. Turquoise Unearthed is $12.95 and Turquoise is $75.00 Our gift shop team is happy to ship, please give them a at 505-247-8650. Jacob Turquoise Museum Manager
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magic_carpets
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Response from Jacob L | Property representative |
As others have mentioned our general admission is $10 and we offer a discounted rate of $8 for seniors (55+), military (active, retired, and families with military I.D.), AAA Members, and children under the age of 18. We... More
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