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Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

Phillips Street, Franklin, NC
828-369-7831
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Ranked #7 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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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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tampa, FL
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Informative friendly staff; well organized; many examples of local stones and gems. Good for an hour visit while downtown.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

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.

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Longwood, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

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

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Green Valley, Arizona
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7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

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

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