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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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Personnel went out of their way for a child in a wheelchair.

Small museum but lots of info. We had one child in a wheel chair, so she couldn't go up the stairs. The personnel put a ramp up so she could go to the fluorescent room and then... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Small museum but lots of info. We had one child in a wheel chair, so she couldn't go up the stairs. The personnel put a ramp up so she could go to the fluorescent room and then wheeled her to other areas, keeping her occupied as the other 3 went up the stairs. She had the best tour! Thanks, for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Worth the stop to learn more about gem mining in the area. Learned what raw rubies and sapphires look like.

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Franklin, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We are locals and have made a commitment this year to become more familiar with our town. What a pleasure to visit the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum. There is no admission charge. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. You can't possibly see everything in one visit. We plan to return and will certainly steer our out of town guests... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We had a kind volunteer to show us his favorite gems. So much to see and learn. We were very impressed. They accept donations, which we gladly did!

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Prattsburgh, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Take your time as there is a lot to see. Rocks, Gems, and Minerals from every US state and from all over the world too! Indian Artifacts room also. They have a narrated Fluorescent Room. The museum is housed in an old jail, so you get to walk inside a jail cell. They also have a public restroom on the... More 

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We stopped in to the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum after embarking on our first gem mining experience. It was a great way to gain more information about the native gems found in NC. They also maintain displays of gems from around the world, as well as ancient Native American artifacts such as arrowheads. Very cool stuff! The museum is... More 

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Perrysburg, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Very neat place to visit if you are into rocks and gems. They have specimens from all over the country. Set in the old jail facility with parts of the jail still in tact

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Huntersville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Great visit. What a museum they have and it's free. The museum has an awesome collection of minerals and artifacts. They also have retail and are very reasonable and will discount. Worth a stop. Watch the one way street.

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

Thank you for the review and kind words. We do appreciate each visitor and the volunteers work to make sure everyone gets some education since that is our mission. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We had a great time at this little museum. We arrived shortly before it closed but everyone was very welcoming. We liked how the rooms were divided and spent most of our time in the North Carolina room. Several staff members stopped in to show us particularly interesting things that we would have missed on our own. We took a... More 

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

Thank you very much for the kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. I notice that you gave the Museum a 4 star rating. If there is anything we could do that would have made your visit more enjoyable, please let us know. The Franklin Gem & Mineral Society members want to make the Museum a pleasant experience... More 

North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

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

Thank you for the kind review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit. It is our aim that every visitor have a 5 star experience, so, if you believe we could make improvements that would have made your visit more enjoyable, please let us know. The Franklin Gem & Mineral Society members wants to make the Museum a pleasant experience... More 

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