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Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

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NOT TO BE MISSED: Best GEM museum we have ever seen and its FREE

This gem museum is fantastic and its FREE. It is run by Franklin Gem society. You will be amazed at... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Elmer G
Biloxi, Mississippi
FREE and a great find

Adults and kids alike will enjoy this free attraction. Don't miss the room with the blacklight. The... read more

Reviewed November 1, 2018
Dabrielle W
Gainesville, Georgia, United States
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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...more
25 Phillips St, Franklin, NC 28734-3029
+1 828-369-7831
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All reviews old jail jail cell indian artifacts jail house great place to take the kids great collection original cells donation box donations are accepted light display an interesting place to visit cool items dark room small building historic downtown worth a visit answer questions
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This gem museum is fantastic and its FREE. It is run by Franklin Gem society. You will be amazed at all the gems mined in the local area as a guide gives you a tour explaining what you are looking at. This is a MUST...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Elmer G
Reviewed November 1, 2018

Adults and kids alike will enjoy this free attraction. Don't miss the room with the blacklight. The people there are so helpful and friendly

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Dabrielle W
Reviewed October 26, 2018

This was an awesome museum. Never saw many of these pieces before, quite an interesting place to visit, so glad we went and would like to go back again.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

This was an unplanned place to visit, but since it was just off the main street of the historic downtown, the sign caught our eye. We didn't have a lot of time to spend there (so we didn't thoroughly look at everything), but it was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank challengefish
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

Great place to visit in Franklin.. We take our Grandson every time He visits us. Very small but full of cool stuff.. He loves to go upstairs and check out the old jail cell!! And the room with the gemstones that glow in the dark.....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Flamingazalea
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Small, but interesting museum located in an old jail house. Guides were very friendly and shared lots of information. Love how they have it divided up into rooms - one for North Carolina, another for the other states, gems and minerals from around the world,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MaryC4634
Reviewed August 16, 2018

Very friendly volunteer workers. Amazing collection of specimens from all over the world and one room devoted to NC. The jail cell is a plus. Small gift shop. Cool!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank EDF1958
Reviewed August 14, 2018

Gems, minerals, fossils, indian artifacts and the stories to go with them. The organization and appearance and overall quality of this museum is unbelievable. The atmosphere of housing the museum in the old jail just adds to the experience. Don't forget to look through the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Robert K
Reviewed July 21, 2018

The museum is in downtown Franklin in their old jail. The museum is free and run by the local gem society. They do have short opening hours. The displays are well organize including local area gems, US gems, and world gems. The museum left the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

Old jail converted into a gem and mineral museum. Nice artifacts and fossils as well. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff. Definitely check it out!

Date of experience: June 2018
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