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Turquoise Guided Museum Tour
Ranked #19 of 225 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: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 22, 2014

We would have given a much better rating, but our guide left us on our own about 25 minutes into our tour. The young grandson of this 5th generation turquoise museum was giving an excellent presentation until we got to the main museum area. He then told us we were "on our own" to view and read all the displays. He said he would come back for questions after a little bit, but never did. Maybe because only 4 in our group? Also, he was getting some cell phone calls he had to keep putting on hold. The museum was very impressive, but would have been so much better if our guide would have returned to finish up the tour and answer our questions.
Nice assortment of turquoise for sale in the front part of the museum.
Free parking as part of a strip shopping center and Walgreens. Across the street from Old Town.

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Reviewed April 10, 2014

What a cool learning experience. So much I didn't know about this beautiful stone. Now they're even more beautiful...really added more depth of appreciation.

Thank candis c
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Not to be missed, a fabulous tour, guided by a member of a family that has been in the turquoise business for five generations. Everything you ever wanted to know about turquoise. We learned about natural, stabilized, enhanced, blocked, and dyed turquoise. Tip: Natural turquoise is the best and most expensive.

There were only two people on the tour. Our tour ran 2 hours, longer than the scheduled 90 minutes, primarily because we asked many questions.

1  Thank raferguson
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

This was my second visit to this interesting and informative museum but the only visit with a tour guide. Jacob, our guide, was charming and knowledgeable and gracious enough to give us a demonstration on stone polishing. I wished, however, that there was less joking and more information extracted and presented from the various exhibits that otherwise would require a great deal of reading in a very short time. The gift shop has nice pieces in a wide range of prices.

2  Thank yolanta j
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We only went to this museum as part of a tour for the International Balloon Fiesta. I had my expectations low and was pleasantly surprised. The presentation covered where turquoise is mined, the various varieties of turquoise, and how to tell real from fake turquoise (and the difference between "natural" and "genuine" -- I learned something valuable here). The presentation was interspersed with bad jokes -- the kind of bad jokes that are so bad that they are kind of entertaining. The museum exhibits are ok, but 30 minutes is plenty to take it all in. If this destination is a part of your tour, its not bad.....but I don't know whether I can recommend visiting it on your own.

Thank buccigrossi
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