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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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Large, Well Organized Collection in Historical Surroundings

This museum is housed in the old jail. They have left some of the original cells and features as part of the exhibits. We were greeted by volunteer members of the Gem and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
kaileypeteTN
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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is housed in the old jail. They have left some of the original cells and features as part of the exhibits. We were greeted by volunteer members of the Gem and Mineral Society who run the museum. They were most helpful and informative. There are gems and minerals from all over the world and are well arranged by... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the museum looking for specific information on fluorescencing minerals. The volunteer curators were very helpful and went out of their way to assist me. The museum is quite thorough and nicely arranged. I even found a good long wave uv flashlight that I needed. Take the time to visit this hidden treasure. It's free!

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Jefferson, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you or a loved one likes looking at stones or gems you may find this to be quite an interesting place. We took a look on a cold rainy day and found some very unusual stones inside. The people are very nice and enjoy visiting so that was nice as well. I'm not a big geologist but it was... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting gem museum in downtown Franklin and it is free. The museum has many examples of gems found in the area but also examples from all over the US.

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Mason, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

The Museum is very cute and the volunteers and very knowledgeable. The hours are 12-4 and it is free. It is in the old jail. Very cool museum, could spend 15 min or 2 hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

What a a wealth of knowledge and history under one roof. If you can, GO! More than you can imagine. Worth the trip.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

Very friendly staff and quite knowledgable. Franklin is a hot spot for gem faceting. Facetors are everywhere. Impressive specimens!

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Central Florida, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed the variety of semi and precious gemstones, the old jail is pretty interresting also. The docent is a member of the Macon County Gem Society and was able to add rich history to the experience.

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to visit for all budding rockhounds, young and old alike. The docents do a great job of keeping the information flow at a kid level but nonetheless are very informative. There is a nice assortment of rocks and minerals on display as well as fossils and native American artifacts. The best part is that the... More 

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Bel Air, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Easy to find. In the center of an older part of town. A few designated parking spaces near the museum. Also plenty of on street parking available. And right next to a small but beautiful garden park and Civil War memorial. Upon entering, we quickly met by one of the volunteers who described the history and the various rooms and... More 

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