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“The jewel of a museum” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Turquoise Museum

Turquoise Museum
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Turquoise Guided Museum Tour
Ranked #27 of 212 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
Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
“The jewel of a museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2014

Who would have ever imagined Turquoise came in so many different shades, matrixes, shapes, sizes and colors. The layout of the museum is astonishing beginning on how it is mined and from where it comes from to who wore it in ancient times to today's celebrities majestically adorned in it. Truly the experience and the knowledge gained was far worth the admission fee.

Visited July 2014
Thank Sam G
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Lubbock, Texas
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Highly informative and interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

If you are considering investing in turquoise jewelry or other items with this semi-precious stone in it, I highly recommend taking the tour. Note that you can't just show up whenever. Tours on Saturday were at 11 and 1 pm.

We had the grandson Jacob leading the tour. There's a lot of valuable information to learn to be able to make an informed purchase, so a guide who can condense the important criteria to price turquoise accurately is essential. There's also much geographical and historical information that is left up to you dig into deeper if you wish when the guide leaves you on your own. Your choice.

Thank Nathan C
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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Museum Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2014

The Turquoise Museum is truly a gem. We were very fortunate to have Joe Dan himself guide us through the exhibits. He took great care explaining turquoise from the mine to gemstone. We spent about 2 hours at the museum.

The museum has the usual displays of magnificent gems, history and the difference between natural turquoise and imitation.

Visited June 2014
Thank 795jerryb
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Vero Beach, Florida
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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“The Real Deal on Turquoise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

Want the low-down on turquoise? Visit the Turquoise Museum. I was doing a little internet research before my recent trip to Santa Fe, and found this museum. I own turquoise and love it. So after flying in to Albuquerque, I located the museum and took the tour with Joe P. He is very knowledgeable and nice and funny. The tour was very interesting with plenty of time for questions. Afterwards, I had a most interesting conversation with Joe Dan. Want a great book about turquoise? They have two beautiful books available here to buy. I highly recommend a visit to this place!

Visited June 2014
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great expertise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2014

And some very unusual pieces of turquoise. If you cherish your illusions about turquoise, don't go to this museum. But if you are interested in truly learning about this misunderstood gem then this is the place for you. Informative guide was able to answer any question tossed his way. Well worth the visit and I would recommend this attraction to others.

Visited June 2014
Thank Anna R
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