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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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The jail of my dreams!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Athens, Georgia
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Athens, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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Ocala, Florida, USA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
29 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
23 helpful votes 23 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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