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Turquoise Museum

2107 Central Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87105
+1 505-247-8650
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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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“store front” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:45 - 11:05, 12:45 - 13:05
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2107 Central Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87105
West Old Town
+1 505-247-8650
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This wonderful museum has something for everyone. The proprietors have packed so many amazing displays and so much information into this storefront, I'm looking forward to a return trip to continue the tour. No matter why you're interested in Turquoise, these folks have you covered....More

Thank Square-on-Wheels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a true gem, and Jacob our tour guide was fabulous--quite the character. If you have any interest in gemstones or even if you don't, this tour was super interesting and fun. Loved learning so much about turquoise and looking at the real...More

1  Thank mrgyory
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

I had a Groupon for this museum. It was a deal; admission for two for a tour led by the son of the "Turquoise King". He was very informative, giving us interesting history and educated us on what to look for when purchasing turquoise. I...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 18 August 2017

I took the tour with a friend and we had a great time. It is so much more than it appears from the outside. There is the tour with Jacob Lowry, the grandson of the King of Turquoise. He is great - so knowledgeable, funny...More

1  Thank gheronsterling
Reviewed 18 August 2017

My wife and I decided to visit the museum that is located in a small strip mall near Old Town Albuquerque. Knowing she would probably enjoy the little museum my expectations were slightly less lofty. Outside is very unassuming so I am thinking we are...More

1  Thank Chris B
Reviewed 2 August 2017

The proximity to Old Town Plaza—about a block away—makes this a must-see museum. It’s located in a strip mall west of Walgreen. This is not a typical museum. Founded in 1993 by the Lowry/Zachary family, those involved with TM have been in the turquoise industry...More

Thank DeanMurphy2020
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

The museum is actually more of a families collection since the great grandfather started in the turquoise business. They do have a store front with some of the most amazing pieces I've ever seen. The business front might make you think twice, but trust me.....More

2  Thank j3nstars
Jacob L, Manager at Turquoise Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! We like that old saying "don't judge a book by its cover"........ or a museum by its front door ;). We hope you can find time to come see us again. Jacob

Reviewed 30 July 2017

Wanted to find something interesting to do with my daughter while in ABQ and saw the available tours through Groupon. Wasn't really expecting much since I don't really care for gems, but man, we both really enjoyed the tour. I guess my favorite part is...More

1  Thank trussvilleatv
Jacob L, Manager at Turquoise Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

You and your daughter were a fun addition to our tour last week. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. Next time you're in town, we'd love to see you and maybe discuss plasma some more. Jacob

Reviewed 27 July 2017

The Turquoise Museum is in and old strip center and when you walk in you'll question whether it was a smart decision to take this tour. Just do it! It was the highlight of our time in Albuquerque. You'll learn EVERYTHING about turquoise, one of...More

1  Thank bradbaron
Jacob L, Manager at Turquoise Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

As you know after taking the tour, we make people question a lot of things ;) So glad you enjoyed your visit, and thank you for taking the time to write a review. Jacob

Reviewed 26 July 2017

Despite its unlikely strip mall next to a Walgreen’s drug store, this museum-with-tour is itself an ABQ gem. We learned (and unlearned) more in 45 minutes than we thought we knew in a lifetime of artisanal shopping trips. Who knew that most stone sold as...More

1  Thank carpathianarts
Jacob L, Manager at Turquoise Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

We are so glad you learned a lot on our tour, we love it when people never see turquoise the same way again. We hope you can find the time to visit us again, and thank you for taking the time to write a review....More

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16 April 2017|
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
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
20 April 2015|
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