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Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

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Address: Phillips Street, Franklin, NC
Phone Number: +1 828-369-7831
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Description: Housed in the Historic 1850 Macon County Jail, the museum has...
Housed in the Historic 1850 Macon County Jail, the museum has approximately 6000 items on display in 8 separate rooms on two floors. The displays cover the history of mining in Western North Carolina, fossils, Indian artifacts, fluorescent minerals and gems and specimens from all 50 States of the USA and various countries of the world.
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Franklin Gem

We had a kind volunteer to show us his favorite gems. So much to see and learn. We were very impressed. They accept donations, which we gladly did!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
KaroleSteve
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Greenville, South Carolina

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We had a kind volunteer to show us his favorite gems. So much to see and learn. We were very impressed. They accept donations, which we gladly did!

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Prattsburgh, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Take your time as there is a lot to see. Rocks, Gems, and Minerals from every US state and from all over the world too! Indian Artifacts room also. They have a narrated Fluorescent Room. The museum is housed in an old jail, so you get to walk inside a jail cell. They also have a public restroom on the... More 

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We stopped in to the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum after embarking on our first gem mining experience. It was a great way to gain more information about the native gems found in NC. They also maintain displays of gems from around the world, as well as ancient Native American artifacts such as arrowheads. Very cool stuff! The museum is... More 

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Perrysburg, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Very neat place to visit if you are into rocks and gems. They have specimens from all over the country. Set in the old jail facility with parts of the jail still in tact

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Huntersville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Great visit. What a museum they have and it's free. The museum has an awesome collection of minerals and artifacts. They also have retail and are very reasonable and will discount. Worth a stop. Watch the one way street.

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CutterAl, President at Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and kind words. We do appreciate each visitor and the volunteers work to make sure everyone gets some education since that is our mission. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We had a great time at this little museum. We arrived shortly before it closed but everyone was very welcoming. We liked how the rooms were divided and spent most of our time in the North Carolina room. Several staff members stopped in to show us particularly interesting things that we would have missed on our own. We took a... More 

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CutterAl, President at Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. I notice that you gave the Museum a 4 star rating. If there is anything we could do that would have made your visit more enjoyable, please let us know. The Franklin Gem & Mineral Society members want to make the Museum a pleasant experience... More 

North Carolina
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This small museum is worth a visit. It occupies the old Franklin jail. The gem and rock collection is quite complete with many specimens from the Franklin area. If you are lucky, someone may be there who can explain some of the exhibits.

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CutterAl, President at Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit. It is our aim that every visitor have a 5 star experience, so, if you believe we could make improvements that would have made your visit more enjoyable, please let us know. The Franklin Gem & Mineral Society members wants to make the Museum a pleasant experience... More 

bradenton, fl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This was our second attempt to visit this little museum, as the first time it was closed. We took our time and looked at all the different gems from around the world. My son was able to get a free rock and he was excited. After you get finished looking at the gems downstairs, make sure you make your way... More 

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CutterAl, President at Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit. We try to give every visitor a 5 star experience, so, if you feel that there is some way we could improve that would have made your visit more enjoyable, please let us know. The Franklin Gem & Mineral Society members wants to make the Museum a... More 

Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Drove over to Franklin during our Maggie Valley vacation to visit both the Gem Museum and Macon County Historical Museum. They are in the same block, so set aside time for both. As for the Gem and Mineral Museum, what a fantastic, comprehensive collection they have! The volunteers greet you, give an overview of the museum and let you browse... More 

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CutterAl, President at Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review and kind words. We are happy to know that you saw the Museum as educational because that is our sole mission. Our Gift Shop sales support not only the Museum operations but provide scholarships to college students in Earth Science fields. More 

Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I am a rock nerd, a gem geek and a crazy-for-rocks collector. I went here twice while in Franklin- an amazing city on its own- and I plan to join the gem club and travel once a month to their meetings to learn more. I had the best time while there! I learned so much; gems are my #1 hobby... More 

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CutterAl, General Manager at Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. Our volunteers work hard to give everyone a good experience when they visit the Museum. We are glad your experience was so good and we do hope you will join us in the club. We provide programs at our meetings, but we also have classes for members in different aspects of cutting, faceting and... More 

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Address: Phillips Street, Franklin, NC
Phone Number: +1 828-369-7831
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Franklin

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