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Mineral & Lapidary Museum

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Address: 400 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone Number: 828-698-1977
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One of those not so touristy spots you'll be glad you saw

It's in a basement, staffed by volunteers and isn't full of glitz and glamour. It is interesting. It is informative. The volunteers are friendly and are well versed in gemstones... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Bradenton, Florida
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41 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

It's in a basement, staffed by volunteers and isn't full of glitz and glamour. It is interesting. It is informative. The volunteers are friendly and are well versed in gemstones, minerals and rocks. They have a 3 minute presentation that discusses and showcases phosphorescent rocks/minerals. My husband got quite the kick out of cracking open a geode. There is no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Fun place to visit.. I was able to purchase a geode and let my wife crack it open. very friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The staff is very pleasant and we had a nice time. Great displays and we learned a lot about local NC minerals and gemstones as well as other areas of the world. I'm sure this would be a nice educational trip for school aged children.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Lovely exhibitions and very educational. The volunteers are a wealth of information! They offer the chance to open your own geode - a fascinating experience for all ages.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We made a quick stop in Hendersonville, NC to visit the Mineral & Lapidary Museum on our way to Asheville. It was well worth the 10 minutes off the highway. Hendersonville is a very nice town to stroll through and the museum fits in nicely. Very, very nice people cut geodes for our boys and they were very happy with... More 

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Mountain Home, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a small museum with a variety of well-done displays of minerals and fossils, including dinosaur eggs. There is an informative display of phosphorescent rocks. Volunteers will crack a geode for you, and may also be demonstrating lapidary activities. There is a small selection of books, specimens, and jewelry for sale.

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Herndon, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

My family members, on our vacation, had visited here earlier in the week and wanted to bring the children back for a second visit. Wow! For such a small museum, and for no admission charge, this place has great exhibits. We have often visited the gem and minerals exhibit hall in the Smithsonian museum in Washington DC, and I think... More 

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Troutman, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I didn't know what to expect but this was actually pretty neat and very informative. It doesn't take long to see it all and is worth the stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Take the children to see the wonders , always volunteers to make it an education. This is a terrific display. Free entry, donations welcome but not begged for.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Can't really beat free stuff for kids, we bought some cheap rocks looked at some glowing rocks,watched a guy polish some gems, good quick stop, sort of boring not worth a detour but if you happen to be in Hendersonville give it a stop

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Address: 400 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone Number: 828-698-1977
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Hendersonville

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