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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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Great to visit while in downtown Franklin.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

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

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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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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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 

Ocala, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

A must see when visiting Franklin, North Carolina for the first time! It was free and our teenagers enjoyed the displays, especially the fluorescent room. The old jail just added ambience.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Came here with the family. The staff was very helpful and answered all my daughter's questions. Loved seeing the North Carolina room. It's neat that it's an old jail. Lots of history. Lots to see. Kids loved it. Will come back again. Make sure to support the museum by making a gift purchase. Well worth it.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Visited the museum last summer and loved it. The UV mineral rocks were so interesting & the location was a good way to show off a historic building.Staff was friendly and took time to answer all our questions and share their knowledge.Great variety of gems, rocks & minerals!

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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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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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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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Address: 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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