Informative friendly staff; well organized; many examples of local stones and gems. Good for an hour visit while downtown.
Great selection of gems and rocks and from a great variety of locations. We were not expecting to find such a wonderful museum in such a small town.
Great concept. The place serves well as a museum and part of the jail cells are still intact. It smells musty in there and you can almost imagine the prisoners living there. The rock museum is serviceable but not nearly as good as the one at Ruby City so make sure that you leave a good portion of your gem... More
Franklin is a wonderful mountain town located in western North Carolina. It offers something for everyone. The Gem and Mineral Museum is located right downtown with easy access and parking. It is surrounded by quaint shops offering antiques to coffee, tee shirts to jewelry. The area surrounding the town is full of places waiting to be discovered such as beautiful... More
Such a wonderful tour guide and his wife work the museum and my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. All the details and knowledge the guide had of the gems and history of the area were outstanding. The story of the indian trail of tears will choke you up and he was emotional sharing it. The old jail cell... More
A Mom and Pop museum filled with all kinds of rocks and minerals and some good bargains to take home. Enjoyed seeing some old artifacts, many from outside the area, but a great little find for the whole family.
Very informative and friendly staff and even more informative special friends of the museum that just happened to drop in while we were there. Great displays and a must visit for anyone that wants information on the area history, sapphires, other minerals and artifacts that can be found along with some interesting gem cutting displays.
My wife and I stopped by the museum on a recent weekday afternoon; received a cheerful welcome from the lady at the desk and were shown the various themed rooms of gemstones by a very nice and knowledgeable gentleman. This is really an interesting museum with an excellent collection from different states as well as other parts of the world... More
Artifacts, and gemstones The history of the gemstones, and artifiacts were very interesting. Gemstones are very nice. Wonderful place.
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