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GIA Museum

5345 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4602
+1 760-603-4116
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In the CA world of pricey admissions this place has free tours with and without docents. The tours... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nancy M
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unusual find

In Carlsberg CA near LEGOLAND this tour was the most unusual place we have discovered in years... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2018
Allen H
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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.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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5345 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4602
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"self guided tour"
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"precious stones"
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"gem stones"
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"beautiful gems"
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"jewelry pieces"
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"beautiful campus"
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"open to the public"
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"interesting information"
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"rainy day"
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"worth a visit"
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"few hours"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In the CA world of pricey admissions this place has free tours with and without docents. The tours with docents are by reservation only. Entering this place is like going into an overseas embassy. We needed to provide our names when we made the reservation...More

Thank Nancy M
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

In Carlsberg CA near LEGOLAND this tour was the most unusual place we have discovered in years. The Carlsbad CA facility is the world headquarters for GIA. They are also a school for students to study Gem Stones. On the tour of this facility you...More

Thank Allen H
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

On a girls' trip to Carlsbad and scheduled a tour here upon the recommendation of a friend. Security is tight; must schedule ahead and produce ID at the gate. Great tour on a beautiful campus. You will see gems, original stones, and beautiful jewelry designed...More

Thank Ann B
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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

went a little over two years ago when you could still go without a reservation and had a fantastic time - went back today not realizing that you needed a reservation and was disappointed but that was my fault for not checking first so be...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Our tour guide was very enthusiastic but to me that was the challenge. I would have enjoyed some time to simply look at the cases with the beautiful gems and develop my own thoughts and questions. The site is lovely and you certainly learn about...More

Thank MOBX
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

This place is fantastic. They have guided tours. You can see quartz, original pieces, jewelry, and visiting exhibitions from famous world-class jewelers.

Thank Michelle F
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

This museum features many gems in uncut as well as beautifully cut renditions. It also has some beautiful, intricate ivory carvings. The stories behind the discovery of some of the pieces are intriguing. The cafe food is very tasty!

Thank learnerWi
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Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

Worth a visit if you are in the area, you will need to make a booking and have all travelling with you will need some form of ID. If you are interested in gems, diamonds or other precious stones then this is the place to...More

1  Thank Marlaina C
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Reviewed 28 May 2017 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
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

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

3  Thank DebArtist
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cynjy
8 December 2017|
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Response from Ann B | Reviewed this property |
No, you do not have to be a member and it's free. You do have to call and reserve. You must present identification at the gate to gain entrance to the facility.
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dudleywood
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
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