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Turquoise Museum

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Neighbourhood: West Old Town
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Address: 2107 Central Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87105
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+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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As a turquoise lover this was a must-do. The shop is gorgeous full of authentic and expensive jewelry. The museum has a room of turquoise from every mine that is mind blowing. I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Wheaton, Illinois
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Wheaton, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

As a turquoise lover this was a must-do. The shop is gorgeous full of authentic and expensive jewelry. The museum has a room of turquoise from every mine that is mind blowing. I probably could have stared at the stones for hours. The tour guide for us was a son of the family. He was very knowledgeable and very cynical.... More 

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Pulaski
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was not quite what I was expecting. It has a little history and displays, but is mostly one family's collection of turquoise. It is a somewhat guided tour and the guide was very knowledgeable. It is too pricey for what it entailed, though.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we were the only ones on tour so it was really nice. very informative on how it is collected. guy who gave the tour really knew is stuff.

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thought turquoise was only turquoise - boy did I get an education! Fascinating displays. We were fortunate to have the owner give the tour - so much knowledge and yet does not claim to be an expert.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first stop in our visit to Old Town and it was GREAT! Some logistics: There are two tour times per day - 11 and 1. The "open times" on their website ( 10:45-11:00 and 12:45-1:00) indicate the times the front office is open and the tour group is forming. Once the tour starts, the doors are locked... More 

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New Orleans
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Turquoise Museum turned out to be a wonderful surprise. Whether you are a rock and gem aficionado or just want to see something new and exciting this museum is a treasure. Fro the moment you enter you are surrounded by all things turquoise. From a mine shaft to a room filled with natural samples of turquoise from every mine... More 

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Thank Jeffrey3
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm so glad we found this hidden gem! Don't be put off by its location in a strip mall- the inside is a treasure trove of beautiful and unique turquoise pieces, in addition to information about the science, sales, and economics of turquoise. The exhibits are well-designed, with plenty of hands-on exhibits. We were fortunate enough to be taken on... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

This is a Place for the NEW/Curious Turquoise Purchasers. You may take your time learning about different types and where they are from Cost,color,size,mines, popular and rarity. The history is also interesting. Learn before you buy that's what I say and believe in. Thanks for reading and good hunting for the right stone for you.

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Sonoma, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

We learned so much about turquoise from Joe Dan! Where it is mined (all over the world), how turquoise varies from mine-to-mine, and maybe most importantly about "natural" turquoise vs. all the rest. The personal tour from Joe Dan is entertaining and informative. He is a warm and gracious host and I came away with a better understanding of the... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

The Turquoise Museum in Old Town Albuquerque is worth a visit. Don't be put off by the exterior - strip mall location, bars on the doors and windows. Once you get inside, the family running this small facility are quite friendly and very knowledgable. The displays are interesting, well-designed and well-maintained. Several include a hands-on element. Even a quick visit... More 

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