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Nice Museum Near Little Switzerland

We stopped by on a recent trip to investigate. This is a small museum run by the Department of... read more

Reviewed December 16, 2018
Lisa M
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Creedmoor, North Carolina, United States
Nice stop on the BRP

We enjoy the Visitor Centers on the BRP. It's an opportunity to stamp our National Park Passport... read more

Reviewed August 15, 2018
180kfs
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Manahawkin, New Jersey
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Museum that displays spectacular emeralds, rubies, amethyst and quartz that were found in the mineral-rich Spruce Pine Mining District.
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79 Parkway Rd, Blue Ridge Parkway, mile 33, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
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+1 828-765-2761
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Reviewed December 16, 2018

We stopped by on a recent trip to investigate. This is a small museum run by the Department of Interior. Provides interesting education on a variety of minerals found in NC. Much more interesting than I originally expected! Lots of hands on activities for kids!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lisa M
Reviewed November 10, 2018

This is a small museum right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is all about rocks and minerals native to North Carolina. It has some decent interactive exhibits. OK gift shop. It's a good place to stop for a break if you're cruising the Parkway....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 4, 2018

A small but nice museum near Blue Ridge Parkway. Interesting exhibit if you like minerals and mining.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jan120253
Reviewed August 15, 2018

We enjoy the Visitor Centers on the BRP. It's an opportunity to stamp our National Park Passport. This stop had a small but interesting/educational mineral museum. Traveling with a few folks that like minerals made it that much more appropriate to spend some time browsing.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 180kfs
Reviewed July 13, 2018

This is a small museum that is easily accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway. It si very interesting and easily seen in an hour. It focusing on all of the mineral and mining in NC. Staff is very friendly and helpful. There are lots of...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank mndw
Reviewed June 30, 2018

My family stopped here while driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We spent maybe 15 minutes, used the clean restrooms, and enjoyed the mineral museum. It's a small museum but some interesting info about the geology of the area.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 798sapphires
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

We happened to stop in because we were in town. My son really enjoyed this (14 years old). No line, free to visit. We would recommend to anyone who would like to learn about minerals.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 300sf
Reviewed April 3, 2018

The exhibition rooms have been redone and are now excellent. Audio greets you as you enter each room. All of the minerals are well shown and good storylines displayed. Small shop and information room. Plenty of parking and a great stop if you are riding...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank jelsegood
Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

A bit like a rest stop...there was a lot of hands-on education for kids. We managed to spend about 45 minutes there reading and touching everything. There is also a gift shop.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank MindyLynn731
Reviewed March 5, 2018

A great and informative stop off to stretch one's legs along the 468 mile drive through the Blue Ridge Parkway. You have to be a true geology junky to totally appreciate this stop.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank jennifera399
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