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Turquoise Museum Tours

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Turquoise Museum
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.

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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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The Director's Tour in Turquoise Museum

The Director's Tour in Turquoise Museum

The Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico showcases the J.C. “Zack” Zachary turquoise collection. The collection includes turquoise from over 80 locations around the world, several one of a kind pieces including the “George Washington Stone” (a large turquoise stone with a remarkable resemblance to George Washington), and displays show that off almost every aspect of “The World’s Most Colorful Gem”. Energetic, entertaining, and informative tours are guided by a member of the Lowry/Zachary Family. Visitors often remark, “we should have come here before we went shopping”.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
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The Turquoise Museum Curator's Tour

The Turquoise Museum Curator's Tour

The Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico showcases the J.C. “Zack” Zachary turquoise collection. The collection includes turquoise from over 80 locations around the world, several one of a kind pieces including the “George Washington Stone” (a large turquoise stone with a remarkable resemblance to George Washington), and displays show that off almost every aspect of “The World’s Most Colorful Gem”. Energetic, entertaining, and informative tours are guided by a member of the Lowry/Zachary Family. Visitors often remark, “we should have come here before we went shopping”.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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Turquoise Museum Visit

Turquoise Museum Visit

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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.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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Turquoise Museum Guided Tour

Turquoise Museum Guided Tour

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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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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.
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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.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Turquoise Museum costs USD 20.00. Guided Turquoise Museum tours start around USD 20.00 per person. See all 0 Turquoise Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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