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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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Housed in the Historic 1850 Macon County Jail, the museum has approximately...

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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Gem collection to view is organized and interesting

The old jail house in Franklin, NC has been transformed into an interesting display of gems in this area as well as around the world. It is very interesting and educational. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Pat W
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Franklin, North Carolina
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Franklin, North Carolina
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The old jail house in Franklin, NC has been transformed into an interesting display of gems in this area as well as around the world. It is very interesting and educational. The volunteers are very informed about the displays.

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CutterAl, President Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin NC at Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words about the Museum. I would appreciate any comments you might have that would have made for a better experience. More 

Hayesville, North Carolina
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of interesting things to see. Used to be an old jail. A must see if in Franklin, NC Friendly host will gladly add info if requested.

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CutterAl, President Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin NC at Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the kind review. More 

Lexington, South Carolina
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

All kinds of stones and gems. The grandkids found it interesting and were ready to go gem mining. Nice facility and helpful staff.

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CutterAl, President Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin NC at Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review of our Museum. I'm glad the kids enjoyed it. Our mission is education, both through the Museum and providing demonstrations at local schools and through scholarships. I notice you rated us with 4 stars which we appreciate, but at the same time I would like to know if there is anything we could do... More 

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

We were fortunate enough to find this museum open on the first night of Winter Wonderland. The volunteers were so welcoming and informative. They showed us how some of the local minerals light up for night mining. One man told us many interesting stories in the Native American room, There are rocks and minerals from every state. My husband was... More 

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Franklin, North Carolina
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

If you like unusual stone and gem items, this place is for you. Not only is it a Museum, but also a store. While walking downtown just stop in. Worth some time.

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Athens, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Every time I visit, I learn something new. I think the volunteers are amazing. I recently brought work friends for a tour that they set up for us. It was wonderful for everyone! DO NOT MISS THIS amazingf museum in this old jail! Prices for rocks, gems, and jewelry are amazing and the products are excellent quality.

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This was an awesome experience. Very interesting and informative. Part of museum in old jail cells, very cool! Fabulous gift shop with great prices. Huge variety of samples from all over the U.S. Best of all - the staff were phenomenal! Very knowledgeable and helpful! Will definitely go there again and would recommend to everyone!

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We had a wonderful time visiting and buying lots of treasures. Lots of gems on display as well as pottery and arrowheads. Reasonable prices on gems and even dinosaur bones. The personnel were knowledgeable and very friendly. It is a nonprofit, with free admission and parking. Downtown Franklin is a great place to spend a day or two.

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Thank 1verne
Corbin, Kentucky, United States
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Love this place, it is a historic jail and the gem and minerals on display are amazing. I enjoyed all the colors of jewels as well as the different sizes and types of minerals. They even have jewels made from old Coke bottles.

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Kokomo, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

My wife and I with another couple visited the museum Sept 25th 2015. We found two people from the local mineral association manning the museum. They were a pleasure to talk with. We are rock hounds and had been doing some mining in the area. They were just as excited about our finds as we were. Offering to answer any... More 

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