We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Museum of North Carolina Minerals

Is this your business?
79 Parkway Rd, Blue Ridge Parkway, mile 33, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
+1 828-765-2761
Website
Save
Review Highlights
Upgraded since the last time

The exhibition rooms have been redone and are now excellent. Audio greets you as you enter each... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jelsegood
,
Burnsville, North Carolina
Small and educational

A bit like a rest stop...there was a lot of hands-on education for kids. We managed to spend about... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
MindyLynn731
,
Saint Louis, Missouri
via mobile
Read all 75 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
Museum that displays spectacular emeralds, rubies, amethyst and quartz that were found in the mineral-rich Spruce Pine Mining District.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good47%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
LOCATION
79 Parkway Rd, Blue Ridge Parkway, mile 33, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
CONTACT
Website
+1 828-765-2761
Write a ReviewReviews (75)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"north carolina"
in 7 reviews
"interactive displays"
in 4 reviews
"stretch your legs"
in 4 reviews
"the blue ridge parkway"
in 16 reviews
"small gift shop"
in 4 reviews
"mining history"
in 3 reviews
"great stop"
in 4 reviews
"greater appreciation"
in 2 reviews
"on display"
in 3 reviews
"clean restrooms"
in 2 reviews
"first hand"
in 2 reviews
"revolutionary war"
in 2 reviews
"plenty of parking"
in 2 reviews
"rock hounds"
in 2 reviews
"all ages"
in 2 reviews
"rocks"
in 16 reviews
"mountains"
in 9 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 74 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank jelsegood
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank MindyLynn731
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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.

Thank jennifera399
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed November 18, 2017 via mobile

Glad my husband and I made a visit to this museum. Very informative, many beautiful gemstones and very friendly staff.

Thank cruehrmund
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 30, 2017

This was a small, and somewhat educational, museum. Very limited display of minerals. Would recommend stopping by the displays at Grandfather Mountain Park instead.

Thank garris3404
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 16, 2017

The museum offers a lot of valuable information that explains the formation of the area's minerals and some lovely examples. This is a self guided tour and there is no admission fee. The museum offers a small gift shop and the Chamber of Commerce has...More

1  Thank minerakl56
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 12, 2017

Don't need to spend a lot of time but very interesting exhibits about the minerals found in this area and outside as well. Easy stopover while traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Thank Miguel C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 12, 2017

Located just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, this museum - focused on the geology of the area - was definitely worth a stop to visit, but smaller than we originally expected. A good variety of different exhibits, some with interactive features. Took about an...More

Thank Judy W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

Nice museum, local information, small gift shop, and clean restrooms. See how the earth formed the mountains and learn about the gems and minerals in the county with the most different types of minerals anywhere in the country.

Thank Rickrdu
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 17, 2017

We stopped by on our BRP road trip. The museum was insightful and helped understand the geology of North Carolina. In addition to the exhibits, the location was where a revolutionary war march occurred. Outside there is a monument to the men who marched through.

1  Thank Sara_sakflva
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all Spruce Pine Hotels
Skyline Village Inn
215 reviews
3.23 miles away
Pine Valley Motel
40 reviews
3.32 miles away
Switzerland Inn
690 reviews
5.12 miles away
Linville Falls Lodge & Cottages
147 reviews
6.38 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Mountain View Restaurant
326 reviews
3.18 miles away
Dry County Brewing Company
76 reviews
3.80 miles away
El Ranchero Restaurant
65 reviews
3.97 miles away
Fox & The Fig
17 reviews
3.78 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Whiteside Mountain
363 reviews
3.51 miles away
Linville Caverns
621 reviews
4.67 miles away
The Orchard at Altapass
130 reviews
.94 miles away
English Farmstead Cheese
36 reviews
4.26 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Museum of North Carolina Minerals staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit
Membership_Slide_Up_Placement_on_Attraction_Review
Get 10% off your next tour or activity booking.
Valid for new TripAdvisor sign-ups only.
Join TripAdvisor