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“Wish I had more money!”

Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum
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209 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Wish I had more money!”
Reviewed May 17, 2013 via mobile

Very unassuming place. I think the prices are comparable to any to I shop. I was on the cusp of buying so many specimens despite not having the money in my situation right now. Some of the specimens are quite impressive. Everything inside is well marked in terms of pricing. A little disappointed to see there was no haggling with pricing - they are pretty set on that. Still, it was definitely worth the stop.

Visited May 2013
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Methuen, MA
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76 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Liked the museum the best, as there were some unique specimens”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

Im in the gemstone/mineral business and other than the museum where one cannot buy anything, there was nothing I was interested in within the shop.

Visited April 2013
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Junction City, Oregon, United States
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23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Awesome Museum - lots of treasures to see”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

If you like rocks ... this is the place to be. Outside rock bins are a rock hounds delight – big, little, or in-between – something for everyone. Inside they have a great retail area. But the real gem of the place is the museum. It’s awesome - lots of diversity and treasures for all to see. They even have a dinosaur bone and giant egg! Petrified Wood slabs of all colors & sizes. Lots of agates, thunder eggs, fossils, crystals, and so much more. Great map of California with rocks linked to the area where they come from. Mom and I had a great time – be prepared to spend a bit of time here – it’s well worth it.

Visited March 2013
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Sacramento, California
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161 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Best Gem & Mineral Shop in Northern California”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

This deserves a special stop when you visit the Redwood Highway. Chapman's is a true piece of local history with a stellar collection of gems, minerals, and fossils for sale. Add to that a great museum and fascinating gallery of gem and mineral artwork and you have a place that deserves a chunk of your time when visiting the Redwoods.

Prices range from $1000 down to $1 -- so nobody in your family will leave empty handed. Lapidary equipment is also for sale for die-hard rockhounds.

Visited January 2013
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Jerusalem, Israel
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228 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“fascinating place, but a bit dated setup. But WONDERFUL retail therapy!”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

My friends brought me here to look at the minerals, but we visited the museum as well. We spent about 20 minutes touring the museum, because the displays were not well enough signed.
But the mineral and jewelry shop was wonderful! I did great retail therapy here!
And the owners and staff were very good about not pushing but being available for assistance.
I will definitely return.

Visited October 2012
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