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“Worth the visit”
Review of Museo del Ambar

Museo del Ambar
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Owner description: This small amber museum has a cheap gift shop with various objects made from amber.
Vancouver, Canada
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83 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Worth the visit”
Reviewed March 8, 2012

We spent an hour or so here, and had a very nice in depth chat with one of the directors/founders of the museum. She also gave us some super advice for the rest of our trip and where to go. This is especially good to go to because of all the amber shops in town and what to look/watch out for.

Visited March 2012
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Aguascalientes, Mexico
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Small but precise”
Reviewed March 4, 2012

Very small museum, but they had a short and good video on how they polish ambar.

Visited February 2012
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McAllen
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Museo de Ambar”
Reviewed March 2, 2012

Very educational video pointing out how to distinguish true from false amber. I was also able to purchase rough amber in the gift shop. Excellent amber jewelry in the nearby shops.

Visited February 2012
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Graham, North Carolina
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86 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Lots of bugs in sap, but very commercial.”
Reviewed February 11, 2012

The guards are surly. No one approached me to ask if I wanted any help to look at anything. When I walked into the back museum section beyond the retail area, I was followed, even though everything is behind glass and locked. There is better amber designs for sale elsewhere in town -- visit Azul.

Visited February 2012
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Elsewhere
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Fascinating Amber Museum”
Reviewed January 31, 2012

Located in the old convent of de la Merced, which was founded in 1537, the Amber Museum exhibits some wonderful pieces of carved, polished and raw amber, which is mined in Simojobel and Totolapa.

There are some excellent displays on the mining of amber, a fossil resin which dates back from millions of years, its use in pre-Hispanic societies, and how to distinguish fake amber from the real thing. There are also some extraordinary carved sculptures that are real pieces of art. Many interesting pieces have plants or insects trapped inside.

The signs are in Spanish only, but guides/information sheets in other languages are available for use in the museum at the ticket counter. A small gift shop sells some very nice amber jewelery and if purchased here you know you are getting the real thing. I visited in February 2011.

Visited March 2011
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