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Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

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Address: 25 Phillips Street, Franklin, NC 28734
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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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Intresting and Free

Took family to visit gems, very intresting for kids. Had a great time. The gifts to purchase were not expensive and plenty to choose from. Would recommend a visit when in town.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
darlene m
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franklin, North Carolina
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franklin, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took family to visit gems, very intresting for kids. Had a great time. The gifts to purchase were not expensive and plenty to choose from. Would recommend a visit when in town.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a Saturday and there was no crowd , so we lucked up and one of the guys that helps run it , pretty much gave us information through the downstairs . We learned so much from this man . We were there following my husbands genealogy work . This was an old jail ,upon going upstairs we... More 

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Mill Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great museum! I'm from the SF area, and I've been very disappointed at the removal of our gem/mineral exhibit from the Academy of Sciences. It has made a small, but infuriating comback, more an arts display than science. There's none of that at the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum. It is a welcoming, unfussy place. The focus is on the... More 

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Winter Park
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

We really enjoyed the gem and mineral museum! What an awesome collection and great gifts too. Highly recommended .

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Nice clean shop with a very interesting museum attached. Lots of artifacts from all over the world. Very nice visit for kids as well as adults.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

The ladies working during our visit were so wonderful with my son, who happens to be a rock hound. And I love that this used to be a jail! Good collection of gemstones and historical artifacts. Worth a visit.

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Thank Anne F
Franklin, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

The Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum has a lot of information on all types of rock, native american artifacts;pottery and arrow heads and native rocks. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. It looks small on the outside but has numerous rooms filled with gems, stones, rocks and so much more.

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Clayton, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

We stopped in to view the museum which is a great collection They do have rocks and minerals for sale. They also have gear for tumbling or faceting.

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CutterAl, Assistant Manager at Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, responded to this review

You stated that we have lapidary equipment for sale - I believe you may have us confused with Ruby City on Main St. They also have a Gem & Mineral Museum as well as a complete line of lapidary supplies. We are in the Old Macon County Jail, off Main St., south of the Courthouse. We have 8 rooms of... More 

Sevierville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Rocks & Minerals galore, including sections from different states, also sections for fossils & Indian artifacts, plus section of locally found items

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

You are greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff. There are rooms of stones and gems that seem small but hold a lot. I especially enjoyed the Native America room.

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