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GIA Museum

5345 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4602
+1 760-603-4116
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Don't miss this hidden "gem"

On a girls' trip to Carlsbad and scheduled a tour here upon the recommendation of a friend... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2017
Ann B
Ponca City, Oklahoma
be sure to make reservations

went a little over two years ago when you could still go without a reservation and had a fantastic... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
Panguitch, Utah
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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.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
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5345 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4602
5345 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4602
+1 760-603-4116
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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
Reviewed 5 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

1  Thank zackreview2012
Reviewed 3 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
Reviewed 9 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
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
Reviewed 26 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 27 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 16 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
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7 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.
26 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