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Turquoise Museum
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Turquoise Guided Museum Tour
Ranked #17 of 226 things to do in Albuquerque
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed October 7, 2013

This museum is a great stop if you plan on purchasing any turquoise while in the south west. The museum is small, but is loaded with relevant exhibits about the stone. Exhibits range from mining, to the different varieties of color, and even some samples of fakes and educates you on what to look for and ask before you buy. While it is not your "typical" museum we did find our visit worthwhile and do appreciate the fact that they are trying to keep it "in the family".

1  Thank Christine F
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"store front"
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"great grandfather"
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"amazing collection"
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"our tour guide"
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"learn how"
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"different colors"
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"for sale"
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"great learning"
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"great information"
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"old town"
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"well worth the effort"
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

If you are visiting Albuquerque and have purchased turquoise on your travels or wish to do so, be sure to visit this museum. There are set times for tours and these are the only times that the museum is open. The collection of turquoise is amazing but what made the visit so interesting and informative was Jacob who with humour, candour and obvious knowledge led our group through the various parts of the museum from mine, to historical collection, to workshop. As visitors from Australia, we learned to ask whether turquoise for sale is natural and where it has come from and to ask the seller for a certificate to verify this. Picking out real turquoise from a tray of specimens of real and artificial stones was a sobering experience. If you wish to purchase the real thing, there is a gift shop there but there is no hard-sell at all. We enjoyed the whole experience of this visit very much.

1  Thank Carmen D
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

We visited the museum on a day when the normal tour guide was off and his father was giving the tours. He let it be known that he was an expert on turquoise, even though he didn't like turquoise, and we were all morons about turquoise.

Once all the members of the tour were accounted for in the retail shop front of the building, the door was locked behind us (in violation of fire code) and we were taken down a "mineshaft" to the cold dark museum where our guide pointed us to the vault room and we were turned loose to read long descriptions of various mines and types of turquoise printed in a variety of fonts and sizes on curling paper signs. Our tour guide stood around drinking coffee ignoring us as we wondered around. I inquired about the locations of the the emergency exits since we were locked in this crypt, which really ruffled his feathers.

I did learn a bit about turquoise during our visit but at what emotional cost? My mom and I still laugh about this experience. I will ask her a question about turquoise then interrupt her screaming "WRONG!" when she tries to answer. I can only hope that the regular tour guide actually likes his job but the place is still a turquoise dungeon.

The family should donate the collection to a legitimate museum, close down the strip mall location, and be done with it.

4  Thank KCC_003
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Don't be put off by the its unassumingly plain exterior in a strip mall. The inside is a treasure trove of turquoise with everything explained relating to the world of this fascination stone. The tours are at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. You should make a reservation on their website. But after an orientation to the museum, which is larger inside than it looks outside, you are free to roam to learn the most. The father and son who run the place are available to guide you. We certainly learned a lot!

1  Thank John M
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Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

We stopped in on a rainy afternoon and learned all about torquoise and the mining process from a family with years of experience.

1  Thank NHnancyg
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