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Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

Phillips Street, Franklin, NC
+1 828-369-7831
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Ranked #4 of 13 Attractions in Franklin
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Housed in the Historic 1850 Macon County Jail, the museum has approximately 6000 items on display...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: 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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English first
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Come see astounding examples of gemstones found in the hills of western NC! This is a free museum and it has so much to offer! Don't miss it!

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Burlington, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Enjoyable stop and the volunteer staff were very friendly and helpful. Getting a look at the old jail cell was pretty neat too!

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Johns Creek, Georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Well worth a visit to this museum. The staff were so knowledgeable and informative. It was the old county jail and still has the prison bars up in the museum. Very interesting place.

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Manchester, Kentucky
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This small museum has a amazing display of gems and semiprecious stones and is free. Just down the street from the Tartan Museum whis is also worthy of a visit.

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

Thank you for visiting and the kind words. We hope you will return to see us again soon. More 

Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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