Mineral & Lapidary Museum
Mineral & Lapidary Museum
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tumbleweedchris
Richland, WA982 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This rock museum is located on the main strip of downtown Hendersonville and won't cost you anything (except maybe a donation) to checkout. This is a one room exhibition or various rocks, minerals, and fossils. The blacklight display in the corner of the museum is the highlight. The signs on most of the other exhibits aren't particularly engaging for your average observer. What is on display is pretty though. A shop makes up about a fifth of the floorspace, which I think could be better used but I get that they are trying to fund their venture. The volunteers are knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. This is worth stopping by and looking at some nice rocks if you are nearby, but I wouldn't go out of my to visit.
Written November 13, 2020
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RichmondShirley
Richmond, VA14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This tiny museum is located in the basement of a building on Main Street. We came upon it by accident, and were pleasantly surprised. The museum is staffed entirely by volunteers and has a nice collection of mineral specimens, as well as some very unusual fossils and replicas of famous diamonds. They sell geodes and crack them on the spot - a lot of fun for kids. There are mineral specimens for sale are reasonable prices. The volunteers were friendly and well-informed.
Admission is free; voluntary contributions are accepted.
Written October 23, 2010
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Linda S
Dalton, GA26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
This is our second trip to the museum. It is free, and that definitely adds to the attraction! They do have a place for voluntary contributions. The people who work there are friendly and knowledgeable about the gems and minerals.

The exhibits are fascinating, and if you purchase a geode you can watch one of the workers crack the geode with a huge vice. It is really something to see! Then, you see if you got a treasure or a dud. But, in my opinion, they are all treasures.

You can purchase beautiful rocks and gems at a reasonable price.
Written June 12, 2014
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Michelle F
Hilton Head, SC51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Stopped in here to see what it was all about, and left learning a lot and having a fun time. We did the geode crushing and it was a blast! And we got to take home are geodes. I bought the $25 medium sized one and my boyfriend got the smaller $15. Defintly worth it! And the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. You could tell they loved their jobs
Written August 7, 2019
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merryfowler
Fort Pierce, FL6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
We have had the pleasure and make it one of our top spots to visit when we are in Hendersonville, NC. This museum is run by educated volunteers who can answer all questions about the collection on display. They spend time with the children peeking their interests in the subject and history. One of the highlights for us and our grandchildren has been the opportunity to purchase a whole geode ( $10.00 to $35.00 depending on size) then they have the purchaser help pull down on the machine that cracks them in half. There’s alway an audience when a geode is being cracked open. The volunteer only lets the purchaser see first then shows the audience. These are prehistoric rocks with a variety of crystal caverns inside no two are alike. On our most recent visit my three grandchildren picked from the largest bin $$$. The key is to find the lightest rock for that means usually it will have a very pronounced inside. Boy did we do terrific. We’ve probably cracked over our visits 20 large geodes and never been disappointed. ( if u get a dude or it cracks into pieces they allow you to pick another out). Then they take the time to examine your geode with a eye piece and share the experience with you as to what types of calcifications and minerals present. Then they put it under a black light which shows more. They tell you how to care for it, tape it up, give you two stands to display and a written form which explains all about your geode. My grandchildren have used there’s many times for school projects. The last three they cracked over Labor Day weekend amazing where all totally different... we couldn’t believe our luck!!! This museum is free to the public so they have a donation box by the door. They do such wonderful educational work there please don’t forget to show your appreciation. We just love visiting here and it’s located right down town Hendersonville so while your enjoying such s Sweet town to walk about you must make the museum a must even if you don’t crack open a geode you will by the time you leave for the excitement for the others is contagious!
Written September 16, 2018
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claired13
Asheville, NC101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
This is a favorite place to take my elementary school-aged nieces and nephews. It's FREE, entertaining, and has a lot of good information. Their story about the Hope Diamond is fascinating!

Sure it is small and doesn't take long to visit (unless you have them crack open a rather pricey geode for you), but it's definitely worth a stop!
Written June 17, 2014
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH12,093 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Solo
This museum was in the busy, revitalized downtown area of Hendersonville just down the street from the Black Bear Coffee Co. where I had lunch.

The museum occupies the downstairs of the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society building.

Admission is free.

The museum is small but interesting and well done.

The first exhibit was a case full of minerals with fluorescent qualities which reflected different colors under different lights.

Then, I looked at the dozens of display cases full of minerals, stones, gems, and geodes. I liked the lapis lazuli and amethyst the best.

There were also dinosaur eggs and a Tyrannosaurus skull. There were a few activities for children.

There were various pieces of jewelry and other items made with minerals and gem stones for sale in the small gift shop area.

It was nice little take.
Written November 28, 2013
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BlueRidgeCouple
Hendersonville, NC303 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Family
This is basically a basement room full of rocks. There are no interesting exhibits or anything thought provoking. A tired person behind a desk napping is all you will see. Google "boring rocks" and you will have a better time.
Written March 20, 2013
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tinaheine31
Carrollton, GA39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
We happened upon this during a street art fair and decided to go in. It's in the basement of an old bank building. The collection is small but quite good for a free museum - just the right amount of rocks and minerals for kids, and enough for a real geologist. There is a good selection of local specimens as well as lovely displays of petrified wood, fossils and minerals from around the world. Kids will especially love watching their own geode be cracked. The people who work there are enthusiastic and very approachable. And FREE, except the gift shop. A great break from the shopping on the Main Street.
Written October 2, 2018
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Bruce H
Stuarts Draft, VA.66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
When you arrive at the museum the first thing you do is to look at a lighted presentation of the wonder of minerals and gems. This show was fascinating and informative. I really enjoyed it, Then you can tour the museum that is filled with wonderful facts and hands on exhibits. The warm and welcoming and informative staff helped me to pick out a geode for my grandson and cut it right there before my eyes and shined the light through it. This was a great experience and would be for any child or adult. You won't regret taking some time to visit this excellent museum.
Written March 11, 2017
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