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GIA Museum

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Do this - a very interesting couple of hours.

My wife loves anything rocks - so this was right up her alley. The tour was about 2 hours and very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chicago, Illinois
Surprisingly interesting - even for someone not that enamored of gems!

This is primarily a school - but for the benefit of students as well as visitors they have... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2018
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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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5345 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4602
+1 760-603-4116
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 10 November 2010

For those who are interested in doing something different than the normal tourist activities, it is definitely worth a visit to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). This is a training facility, a research facility and a museum of gems. Free tours are available, but...More

18  Thank Zell
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Reviewed 11 March 2015 via mobile

Visited on a Wednesday late morning after obtaining required advance reservation. Beautiful campus, but very limited tour. Basically the rotunda, lobby, a couple of hallways, and a small but informative exhibit area beside the cafeteria. Don't go unless you're a gem lover or jewelry professional....More

2  Thank WGC73
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife loves anything rocks - so this was right up her alley. The tour was about 2 hours and very interesting. I would recommend doing the self guided tour - you have more time to study the exhibits. The tour had to keep moving.

Thank Mark072072
Reviewed 6 September 2018

This is primarily a school - but for the benefit of students as well as visitors they have assembled a wide range of interesting artifacts, exhibits, and explanations that make this a quite interesting place for adults to visit. Not really a science museum, but...More

Thank onetravelman
Reviewed 28 August 2018

I was not sure what to expect when I booked the guided tour offered by the GIA but it was exceptional. If you love gems and minerals or just want to learn more this is a great place to go. The guided tour is the...More

Thank TerryofMB
Reviewed 7 August 2018

I has a fantastic time touring the museum, the docent was extremely knowledgeable and spoke clearly so that everyone could understand her through their headsets. I love gemstones, and this was a highlight of my trip. Hopefully I will be back to take classes this...More

Thank Kimberly R
Reviewed 13 May 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

Thank jrecogems
Reviewed 2 May 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

2  Thank OrangeOrb
Reviewed 22 March 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

Thank Alohakaua
Reviewed 29 January 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 40nancym
Reviewed 18 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
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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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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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