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“Fl. Mineral Capital of the world” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Franklin Mineral Museum

Franklin Mineral Museum
32 Evans Street, Franklin, NJ
(973) 827-3481
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Franklin
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Hardyston Township, New Jersey
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“Fl. Mineral Capital of the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

I myself use to work here. Great place for all ages of kids. Small and old. I went here when I was in the 6th grade for class trips. Great way to start the kids on a small collection of the Fl. minerals. It has a great Fl room and the sounds you hear from the kids will amaze you when you see all the colors.

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Sussex County, NJ
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“Really cool things to see!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Great place for school trips and family trips. I've been going there for well over 20 years. I'm never tired of looking at all the stones and artifacts they have. It's hard to imagine the way people worked and functioned back in the day!
Pick up a geode at the gift shop and break it open with a hammer. Hard to imagine an ugly rock could be so beautiful inside.

Visited November 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“The florescent capital of the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Franklin, NJ coupled with its close neighbor Ogdensburg, NJ (location of the Sterling Hill Mine and Museum) are the home of the world's most famous zinc mines. The Franklin mine is especially famous for mineral fluorescence, and variety of rare species. There are over 4,000 mineral specimens on display, including those that are on display in the 33 foot long fluorescent display in the fluorescent room. The museum's fluorescent display has a dazzling array of the world's most brilliant and colorful fluorescent minerals. The Indian room has a collection of native American stone tools and cultural artifacts. Next to the Indian room is the fossil room that, including many varieties of plant, marine and wildlife fossils. It is also home to one of the nicest petrified wood displays with cut and polished slabs nearly four feet in diameter! "Welsh Hall," largest of the three rooms in the Jensen Annex, houses a systematic collection of world-wide minerals, the largest, most comprehensive mineral collection on public display in the world.

Visited November 2012
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Kinnelon, New Jersey
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“Very interesting and cool......”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

They have a nice collection of rocks and minerals.....Have come to this place many many times as I used to drive a school bus....have always gone in to tour....granted go on a warm day tho!

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Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
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“Fun and Fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This is a great experience for kids and adults. You can learn about the rich mining history of the area and actually go out and prospect for some of the colorful fluorescent minerals that make this area famous. The displays of minerals, fossils, and native american artifacts are well presented and if you are not into the science of mineralogy and geology, you will still be impressed how beautiful many of them appear. An amazing display of crystal shapes, colors, textures and "all natural".
The highlight of the experience is the display of minerals lighted with UV light to show how these minerals glow in a wide variety of brilliant colors and patterns. Absolutely amazing.
The fees are very reasonable and the staff were all extremely helpful and full of good information.
Allow a couple of hours to see it all, especially if you wish to spend some time out in the collecting area to find your own glowing rocks.

Visited October 2012
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