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GIA Museum

5345 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4602
+1 760-603-4116
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This place is fantastic. They have guided tours. You can see quartz, original pieces, jewelry, and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Michelle F
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Awesome gems, tasty food!

This museum features many gems in uncut as well as beautifully cut renditions. It also has some... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tucson, Arizona
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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.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
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5345 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4602
+1 760-603-4116
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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
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
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
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Free. Reservations required. Gated with guard. Everyone in car or group must show ID at gate and again inside. You will wear a visitors badge on lanyard. Beautiful gems to view. Stones loose, in jewelry, in art pieces and in natural state. A tour is...More

Thank Miranda K
Reviewed 17 February 2017

What a treasure! We spent a few hours on the self guided tour and had a great lunch in the cafe. The collection of gems is amazing

2  Thank eastcoastbb
Reviewed 1 February 2017

I went on the tour with a medium sized group ( 20- 25) I live very close to the facility but this was my first tour . What a great experience. The guides were so informative and pleasant. GIA is the leading research, education and...More

2  Thank Peggy R
Reviewed 27 December 2016

This was our first visit to GIA Museum. We went as a family of four after making a reservation the day before. The group was about 15 people and mostly adults. We had very well informed guide narrate our way through the exhibits. The kids...More

2  Thank CHinSoCal
Reviewed 30 November 2016

We really enjoyed and learned a lot on this tour. We got a scientific and historical overview of where precious and semi precious stones come from. Wonderful displays of minerals and stones in their raw and finished states. Most of the displays were breathtaking. There...More

1  Thank Nummy6
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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