This place (2107 Central Ave. NW, 505/247-8650, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat., $4) is more of a consumer’s resource than a museum per se. Sure, the less imaginative may see only exhibits on the geology and history of turquoise, along with specimens from all over the world, but most folks can’t help but think of all the jewelry they plan to buy. So come here to learn the distinction between “natural” and “real” turquoise and otherwise arm yourself for the shopping ahead.
© Zora O'Neill from Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque, 2nd edition