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Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

Phillips Street, Franklin, NC
828-369-7831
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Ranked #4 of 15 Attractions in Franklin
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: Housed in the old Macon County jail, the museum covers the history of gem and mineral mining in the area.
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Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We found this place to be very educational. You are never to old to learn about new things. This would be great for kids to learn and visit also.

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Lewistown, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Really interesting (even if you aren't into rocks). And free, even though we did give a donation and there is a cool gift shop. Very kid-friendly staff, too. Well done!

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Mt. Vernon
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is a nice small place that you can visit, great to see a wide variety of gems and minerals. Fun place for kids too

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Little Rock
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Now this was a very interesting place!! The volunteers running the museum were very friendly and informed. We waited around until noon for it to open and am glad we did. Exceptional displays!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A great place to visit to give you an idea of the many gems found in the area and all over. This store is in the original jail back when and there is a lot of history, and ghosts, the store keeper will tell you.

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Murphy, North Carolina
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

When I first went into this place I did not expect much. But, I loved it. If you have a little time to kill in Franklin, visit this place. It will be well worth your time.

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Kerrville, Texas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Very friendly, many, many unusual specimens. I was able to photograph many of the specimens. The museum is conviently located on Main Street with adequate parking. This is a good walking tour with this hop right in the middle..

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My family and I enjoyed both Gentlemen as they without any caution blew us away with their most informative info and facts about the history of the Town, Museum, ALL of the fossils, arrowheads (also native American knowledge) rocks, Gems and Minerals.I loved the iridescent rock display. I also enjoyed the ability of not being rushed through a tour and... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

A really nice display of gems and minerals from around the world. Best I have seen for showing the local gems and minerals. They have a lot to of great international specimens as well and some nice American Indian artifacts. A must see if you are in Franklin!

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Robbinsville, North Carolina, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

It's a nice shop but only a sorta museum. They do have some interesting specimen stones, but I can't see them as a museum.

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