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GIA Museum

5345 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4602
+1 760-603-4116
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Small but worth the stop by

We stopped by the GIA and were pleasantly impressed with the quality and unusual variety of rocks... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Los Angeles, California
via mobile
Very interesting...just wish there was more to see!

The GIA is open to the public (by appointment only) and 24 hours notice is required, so call before... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Las Vegas, Nevada
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GIA's museum in Carlsbad is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.M. To 5 p.M. With appointment.
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  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
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5345 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4602
+1 760-603-4116

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by the GIA and were pleasantly impressed with the quality and unusual variety of rocks and gemstones to view and learn about. The security is tight and admission does require advanced reservations but you cannot beat the price, free. You are limited to...More

Thank BoboTravlr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The GIA is open to the public (by appointment only) and 24 hours notice is required, so call before you go. We did the self guided tour (but guided tours are also available) which also includes a hand held recorder devise with information about each...More

Thank DebArtist
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Free. Reservations required. Gated with guard. Everyone in car or group must show ID at gate and again inside. You will wear a visitors badge on lanyard. Beautiful gems to view. Stones loose, in jewelry, in art pieces and in natural state. A tour is...More

Thank Miranda K
Reviewed 17 February 2017

What a treasure! We spent a few hours on the self guided tour and had a great lunch in the cafe. The collection of gems is amazing

2  Thank eastcoastbb
Reviewed 1 February 2017

I went on the tour with a medium sized group ( 20- 25) I live very close to the facility but this was my first tour . What a great experience. The guides were so informative and pleasant. GIA is the leading research, education and...More

2  Thank Peggy R
Reviewed 27 December 2016

This was our first visit to GIA Museum. We went as a family of four after making a reservation the day before. The group was about 15 people and mostly adults. We had very well informed guide narrate our way through the exhibits. The kids...More

2  Thank CHinSoCal
Reviewed 30 November 2016

We really enjoyed and learned a lot on this tour. We got a scientific and historical overview of where precious and semi precious stones come from. Wonderful displays of minerals and stones in their raw and finished states. Most of the displays were breathtaking. There...More

1  Thank Nummy6
Reviewed 4 September 2016

If you go to the museum make sure you also do the tour. It's free but you need to sign up beforehand. It's lead by a very knowledgeable person and you get to hear all kinds of interesting information on diamonds, their types, history, grading...More

1  Thank Michael M
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

I feel super safe in here. And rightly so with the armed security and security gate check. Make sure you make an appointment or you're not getting in. Proud mama!

Thank Rocky J
Reviewed 26 July 2016

I've been here a couple times on school field trips. It's a very cool place if you like stones, minerals and gems...and I do. The kids were actually allowed to hold and examine the stones. I like this place

Thank lumpyd0g
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how do i make reservations for the tour.
27 March 2017|
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Response from eastcoastbb | Reviewed this property |
Hours: Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. From the GIA web site: Open to the public by appointment only. To schedule an individual or group tour for GIA's location in Carlsbad, please call: +1 800 421 7250, ext. 4116 +1 760 603... More