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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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Small and lovely -- a "gem" :)

We don't visit the area often, but when we do, we make a trip to the Rock & Mineral Museum. Admission is free (donations accepted). We like the display that demonstrates... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 13, 2015
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We don't visit the area often, but when we do, we make a trip to the Rock & Mineral Museum. Admission is free (donations accepted). We like the display that demonstrates fluorescence in rocks & minerals. The well-lit display cases show off really beautiful specimens in both their raw uncut form (as they would be found in nature) and used... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is a great little place to stop in while strolling along Main St in Hendersonville. Admission is free and even my husband who had been rolling his eyes at me for wanting to go really enjoyed it. There is a fluorescence display that is really neat and we enjoyed looking at the gems and fossils such as a wooly... More 

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Cedar Mountain, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My son and I just loved this place. Very interactive and informative makes for an excellent day out! Lots to learn and enjoy.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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229 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

A small museum but one with lots of interesting mineral exhibits. I particularly enjoyed the glowing minerals. I took my time walking around, trying to learn something about the fascinating exhibits on display.

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North Charleston, South Carolina
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38 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The volunteers are friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Fossils and great mineral displays. The best this side of Asheville.

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Alexandria, VA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Variety and value of rocks and gems. Pleasant & knowledgeable staff. Elevator access to other floors.

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Tuxedo, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Sorry! Just couldn't resist the pun! Nestled in scenic, downtown Hendersonville, NC. venture off the sidewalk (which, by the way, are adorned with colorfully-painted black bear figurines!) and step inside a world of gemstones and geodes. Staffed by friendly volunteers who are only to eager to discuss the rich mineral heritage of the mountains of Western North Carolina. Spend a... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

As soon as we walked down the stairs we were hit by a blast of heat. We were told the business upstairs controls the thermostat and since it had been a cool morning they had turned on the heat and the heat became trapped downstairs. Now to the museum. It's extremely small but does offer quite a bit (rocks in... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Best source of local mineralogy. Staff is most helpful, appreciative and sincere. No fee, but donations are accepted. The displays are awesome. Just a fun time no matter how long you stay.

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Lake Mary, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

If you love rocks, crystals, and great exhibits this is a free place to look around. My husband had a Trancas Geodes cut in half which was $10.00 including the mounting. Everyone visiting downtown Hendersonville should stop by.

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