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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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Housed in the Historic 1850 Macon County Jail, the museum has approximately...

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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I just love this amazing gem stone shop and museum! The owner is so friendly, knowledgable and does spectacular work! I visited last year with some gemstones my father had found... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Kathy B
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Saint Cloud, Florida
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Saint Cloud, Florida
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I just love this amazing gem stone shop and museum! The owner is so friendly, knowledgable and does spectacular work! I visited last year with some gemstones my father had found and had cut here in Franklin NC approx 25 years ago... Turns out the owner was the one who cut the stones! His handwriting in the bags they were... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I enjoyed our afternoon visit to the gem and mineral museum, especially the room with various gems from the 50 states.

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Vero Beach, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed walking through this little museum last week when we were in Franklin. The building is actually the old jail and there still bars on the window and cells upstairs. The kids got a kick out of the place. There are some really impressive specimens at the museum, including a dinosaur egg and loads of amazing Indian artifacts! The... More 

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Chehalis, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing collection of gems from around the world. We visited on a very busy day. Would have enjoyed it more if it wasn't so crowded. The volunteers knew so much about the local gems. They really added to the experience.

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Thank zayla2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Gem Museum is a must if you are in Franklin! My kids 9 and 6 absolutely loved it and the volunteers are knowledgeable and friendly. The kids kept asking questions and the couple had answers to every single one. They showed us around and taught us a few things about the mines, gems and minerals in the area. It... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very nice North Carolina and international specimen collection is housed in this interesting, old jailhouse. It’s run and maintained by a host of enthusiastic, knowledgeable volunteers who give of their time to welcome visitors and answer their questions. In such a small building, there’s a lot to see (including some fossils, a nice ultraviolet viewing room, and Indian artifacts... More 

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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

It was mentioned in a recent review that a wedding was taking place. That is true! My husband and I did indeed enjoy sharing our nuptials with friends, family and museum guests. We got married inside the jail call, and it was such a great event! The volunteers who make this priceless Museum a reality worked very hard to help... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

This attraction has a Historic Jail, a gem & mineral exhibit and a Great bunch of volunteers to show you around. As soon as you are through the door, you can feel the interest and enthusiasm of the volunteers. They have a good time working together and telling you about their hobby. Each room has its' own theme. One room... More 

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Enterprise, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

If you are interested in local geology or gem mining this your place. The gentleman that greeted us was very friendly and informative. The museum gives you an idea of the minerals found not only in Franklin but a room that has gems and minerals labeled by state they are found.

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Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

It was a really interesting place. We hope to return on our next visit to NC as there was a wedding getting ready to take place at the old jail.It was getting crowded.The favorite display was the light display.

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