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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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Great small museum. Good for kids and adults.

A museum that has displays running from prehistory through to current local minerals. Also have hand-made jewelry that their members make. Great little place - Free too! They do... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

A museum that has displays running from prehistory through to current local minerals. Also have hand-made jewelry that their members make. Great little place - Free too! They do have a Donations box.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to take visiting adults, children, anyone who loves to look at beautiful colored stones, and rocks. Their black light display was the coolest I have experienced. Just had to buy a geode and then help them cut it in half. I now have some beautiful amethyst crystals to display.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We found our visit to the Mineral and Lapidary Museum to be one of the best activities we enjoyed on our vacation. They were short staffed the morning of our visit, but still managed to spend personalized time with us. My teenage son bought a geode and helped crack it open. The folks then went through his geode with a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We loved it! Very inviting and knowledgable staff. Excellent exhibits. My kids are 6 and 8 and they both stated engaged...it probably helped that we were in our way back from a trip to Emerald Village gem mine.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I thought this would be a little hole-in-the-wall "museum" and was pleasantly surprised! It has a lovely collection of gems!! My favorite area was the one with gems in a case under a special light that makes them glow!!!

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Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is a nifty little museum and gift shop, the price is right, only a dollar to get in. The proprietor is very friendly and informative, there is a great display on fluorescence and a lot of nice specimens.

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Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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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