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Turquoise Museum

2107 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1605
+1 505-550-0127
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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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Hours Today: 10:45 - 11:05, 12:45 - 13:05
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2107 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1605
West Old Town
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+1 505-550-0127
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were planning to buy some turquoise jewelry, but we knew very little about it. We saw many types and were told what to look for in quality, so we would not be victims in the many shops.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Never knew much about "turquoise" until my son, daughter-in-law, my wife and I had a tour of the Turquoise museum in Albuquerque. The exhibits are amazing and many of them are used in instructing classes about the stone. Two things to remember: turquoise is a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best to call ahead if you are hoping for a tour.They only do a couple tours a day.Unfortunately it was closed while we were there.

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Jacob L, Executive Director at Turquoise Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to post a review. We will be moving to a new location in August and will begin offering self-guided tours, with extended hours. I hope you'll be able to come and see us there.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took the tour and found it to be very good. Lots of interesting articles and beautiful specimens. I spent two hours there and couldnt believe it! I learned so much about tourquoise.

1  Thank Deborah K
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Jacob L, Executive Director at Turquoise Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I'm so glad enjoyed the tour! I hope you will be able to come see us at the castle once we get moved i.

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Reviewed 18 April 2018

The so called museum was closed when we were there. Only a not so great strip mall store that has added a "museum" inside.More

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Jacob L, Executive Director at Turquoise Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I am sorry we were closed when you arrived. I hope you will come visit our new location opening in August, the new museum will have 8,500 sq ft of displays, quite an expansion from our current 6,000. In our new location our hours will...More

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

I was not aware that you can only go here on a guided tour and those are only at 11am and 1pm. Our tour guide was pretty cheesy and full of bad jokes. The museum is in a strip mall and we almost missed it....More

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Jacob L, Executive Director at Turquoise Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Starting in August the museum will be located in a castle on 2nd street, very easy to find. When we open in our new location, we will begin offering self-guided tours. I hope you will...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

The tour is great! Its family owned, and it houses a fantastic collection of turquoise. There were tips on how to differentiate between true turquoise and fake turquoise. If you ask, they can tell you what mine your turquoise is from. No point in arriving...More

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Jacob L, Executive Director at Turquoise Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad you enjoyed the tour! I hope you will get a chance to come seethe castle, we're opening in August.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

If you want to get a great education on gemstones and especially turquoise, visit this museum and take the tour. Our tour guide, Jacob, comes from a family of gemologists. His grandfather traveled the world and built his collection of turquoise which in essence is...More

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Jacob L, Executive Director at Turquoise Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am very proud of my family, I'm so glad that shows. We love to showcase not only turquoise but classic american hospitality. I really hope you will be back.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

If you walked by this museum, you might not even give it a second look. It is in a little strip mall by old town. Even after booking our tickets, I might have just kept walking because it doesn’t look like it could possibly be...More

2  Thank Kristin R
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Jacob L, Executive Director at Turquoise Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We like to stay hidden for several reasons, I'm so glad you were able to find us. I hope you will be able to come back for a visit sometime.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Interesting family owned collection of turquoise. Docent is a grandson of the founder. He provided information on: various mines in the US & around the world, how to assess quality, the history of the family’s involvement in obtaining mines and making jewelry and more. The...More

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1957Fury
16 April 2017|
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Response from Jacob L | Property representative |
Hi Jan, Yes our gift shop stocks both books. Turquoise Unearthed is $12.95 and Turquoise is $75.00 Our gift shop team is happy to ship, please give them a at 505-247-8650. Jacob Turquoise Museum Manager
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magic_carpets
7 July 2015|
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Response from Jacob L | Property representative |
As others have mentioned our general admission is $10 and we offer a discounted rate of $8 for seniors (55+), military (active, retired, and families with military I.D.), AAA Members, and children under the age of 18. We... More
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tomorryo
20 April 2015|
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Response from Jacob L | Property representative |
Tickets for children under the age of four are FREE, with the purchase of an adult ticket. Thanks for you question, Jacob
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