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GIA Museum

5345 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4602
+1 760-603-4116
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Gemstone tour

This place is like no other. Call ahead to get a tour of the hundreds of gemstones, diamonds and... read more

Reviewed May 13, 2018
jrecogems
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Carlsbad, California
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This Place is a GEM!

You call in 24hrs in advance to make a reservation, which gives you a spot in one of the two-hour... read more

Reviewed May 2, 2018
OrangeOrb
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Redlands, California
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
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5345 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4602
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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

This place is like no other. Call ahead to get a tour of the hundreds of gemstones, diamonds and minerals on display. They also have an amazing library with the most complete gem history in the world. Great place to visit on a date or...More

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Reviewed May 2, 2018

You call in 24hrs in advance to make a reservation, which gives you a spot in one of the two-hour tour slots. So come at the beginning of the two-hours! We didn't understand this and thought that we could come at any time during the...More

1  Thank OrangeOrb
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Reviewed March 22, 2018

would have preferred to peak over the shoulder of the workers and trainees. Hard to really see and appreciate the various items as the are behind glass, Front door staff were gracious. Once is enough

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Reviewed January 28, 2018 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

1  Thank Nancy M
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Reviewed January 18, 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

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Reviewed November 17, 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 October 5, 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

1  Thank zackreview2012
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Reviewed October 3, 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 August 9, 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 July 18, 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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cynjy
December 7, 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
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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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