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Turquoise Museum

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Neighbourhood: West Old Town
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Address: 2107 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1605
Phone Number: +1 505-247-8650
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10:45 - 11:05
12:45 - 13:05
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Mon - Sat 10:45 - 11:05
12:45 - 13:05
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Turquoise Museum and its collection of turquoise have been used as a...

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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Not just an excuse to get people in to a jewerlry store. This is authentic, charming, unpretentious and informative.

The regular tour guide, a grandson of a pioneer in the New Mexico turquoise business, provided revealing details that made the tour an interesting and personal view of a long-time... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Ventura, California
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Ventura, California
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37 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The regular tour guide, a grandson of a pioneer in the New Mexico turquoise business, provided revealing details that made the tour an interesting and personal view of a long-time family business and an under-rated gem stone. The signs about the "mystical" powers attributed to stones were funny rants against pseudo science. The displays were informal but impressive.

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Philipsburg, MT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

while visiting a friend in Albuquerque we visited much of what the city and surrounding area offered. I had read about the Turquoise Museum on Tripadvisorand really wanted to go. Our friend was not familiar with it and assumed it might be a tacky tourist trap. Let me tell you, we were all SO impressed. Even without a special interest... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the museum and would return as there is so much information to be had there. Jacob was a great host gave us an excellent tour.

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Durango, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Remarkably informative & fun owner! Entrsnce is very deceiving compared to what awaits inside. Soooo educational! No photos!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Jacob was outstanding with a casual wit while answering ? Before gently moving our small group to the next station. Well done,informative with time to browse. Only issue encountered: should have gained "his" wisdom before buying lots of "fake" stuff which turns out to be about 98% of the retail stock sold including all "Authentic " Indian jewelry.

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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Truly enjoyed our experience and valuable time with our expert guide. Worthwhile one and a half hours. Museum lade out very well for a quick understanding of the industry that is turquoise. Fascinating depictions of the vast international value of this gem. Well worth the time and admission.

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Columbus
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We went here on advice of friends. The owners gave us a guided tour and explained a lot about Turquoise and what to look for to distinguish the real from the unknown quality on the market. It is a small, family owned business, but they have a great selection of excellent grade turquoise for sale.

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Camarillo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This charming, family owned museum is hidden in a strip mall right on the corner. We drove right by and had to turn around, but it was well worth the effort to find. They are only open for tours twice a day at 11:30 and 1:30. You must arrive on time; doors lock once the tours start. There's plenty of... More 

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Lutz, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Our tour guide Jacob, gave us a tongue in cheek presentation of the business his great grandfather started five generations ago. You know this will not be a dry and boring talk at you. He answered every questioned asked and in our very small group there were a lot of questions. You will start out asking about buying but before... More 

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Ames, IA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

This is an unexpected find. I learned so much about turquoise! Interesting collection, well organized, fun and friendly tour guide. Make sure to book in advance. Fun things for kids to try, but probably not for really young kids.

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