The Turquoise Museum will provide your group with one of the most unique museum experiences you can have in Albuquerque, this popular educational center focused on all things turquoise. A visit to this 40-year old museum center will teach you the history of the gem, the vast variety of specimens, and even give you an extensive look at turquoise gem mining across the world.
The Turquoise Museum is located on Central Avenue within a small strip mall just west of Old Town. You will find the museum, an education center, an active silversmith shop, and even a gift shop within the area, the latter selling historical and contemporary gem pieces that will certainly catch your eye. You can visit a working lapidary shop as well, a spot in which turquoise is polished.
One of the most popular things to do upon arriving is to take the 90-minute guided tour (offered Monday - Saturday 11 am and 1 pm), an interactive and informative learning experience for all ages. Your group will get to see the largest collection of natural turquoise on display, learn the world history of the gem, and explore several hands-on exhibits along the way. Trace the path of the gem from the mountain to the jewelry store, explore a simulated mine shaft, and see examples from over 65 mines across 4 different continents. You will learn all about the Native American uses of turquoise in prehistoric times and even learn the mythology behind its ‘healing powers’. There is truly no better way to get to know this important piece of local geology!