Turquoise Museum Tours
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With a collection of turquoise drawn from more than one hundred different mines, Albuquerque’s Turquoise Museum is considered a worldwide authority on the mineral. When the Santa Fe Trail brought traders and settlers west, turquoise became a valuable commodity. Native Americans in the area have also been using turquoise for centuries in their art. With both of these legacies, New Mexico has become a world famous spot for turquoise. The brightly colored stone, shining the color of its name, takes on a variety of different shapes, forms, and histories in the museum’s displays.
A visit allows for an education on mining processes and techniques as well as the natural geology and mineralogy of turquoise. There’s even a replica of a mine tunnel that leads to where the most precious and rare turquoise specimens. The main J.C. “Zack” Zachary collection features turquoise stones from 80 different locations around the globe. Guests can also see how the mineral is formed from a natural material into jewelry at a working lapidary shop.
The privately owned Albuquerque Turquoise Museum is open only for guided tour. Tours are given twice daily from Monday to Saturday at 11 am and 1 pm. It’s located on Central Avenue NW and best approached by car.
Address: 2107 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104, USA
Hours: Mon-Sat at 11 am and 1 pm
Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Albuquerque
, Feb 2020
My two girlfriends and I enjoyed the class and the exhibit so much! We all learned more about turquoise and where it is found than we thought. Very informative. I recommend this place 100%. The lunch at your cafe was excellent too! Very friendly bunch! Will go back!
A Must See
, Jan 2020
My friend and I took the tour and class. Both were very enjoyable and educational. Jacob was extremely knowledgeable and answered all questions professionally and with a bit of humor—family history included. The castle is exceptional as are the exhibits. Making plans to take my husband and view the test of the exhibits. The gift shop and cafe are a very nice addition. Definitely recommend!
Turquoise, more turquoise, and then some!
, Oct 2019
A 21st century built two story residence made to look like it was built in the 19th century, full of beautiful antique furniture, display cabinets, chandeliers, antique wood flooring, winding grand staircase, and something made of turquoise everywhere you look. Much beauty and history can be found here.
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Learn all about turquoise during your time in the American Southwest with a visit to The Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque. Located in a modern 'castle' that is as interesting as the exhibits, the Turquoise Museum features a vast collection of turquoise jewelry and other pieces such as antique furniture. Take a self-guided tour with your admission ticket, or upgrade to include a Turquoise 101 class or a guided tour.
This guided tour of Albuquerque's Turquoise Museum showcases stunning examples of this brilliant blue stone from more than 80 locations across the globe. One of a kind pieces, like the 'George Washington Stone' are proudly displayed alongside other examples of the world's most colorful gem. Your guide will share stories about the Lowry/Zachary family that founded this popular museum, as well as information about local life, the gem trade and the city of Albuquerque.
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What are Turquoise Museum hours of operation?
Turquoise Museum hours of operation: Mon-Sat at 11 am and 1 pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Should I book Turquoise Museum tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Turquoise Museum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 0 Turquoise Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Turquoise Museum 2020?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Turquoise Museum costs USD 21.00. Guided Turquoise Museum tours start around USD 21.00 per person. See all 0 Turquoise Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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