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“Awesome collection and awesome staff”

Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum
Ranked #4 of 33 things to do in Franklin
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Owner description: 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.
Groveland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Awesome collection and awesome staff”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

My wife and I stopped by the museum on a recent weekday afternoon; received a cheerful welcome from the lady at the desk and were shown the various themed rooms of gemstones by a very nice and knowledgeable gentleman. This is really an interesting museum with an excellent collection from different states as well as other parts of the world ranging from single gems to fascinating mineral formations. The fluorescent mineral display was a treat, located in a separate enclosed area with special lighting so you got the full effect of luminescence. The upstairs collection also houses a portion of the old jail cell which was interesting as well. There is no entrance fee but donations are accepted and well deserved.

Visited June 2013
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Dalton, Georgia
2 reviews
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“gems”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

Artifacts, and gemstones The history of the gemstones, and artifiacts were very interesting. Gemstones are very nice. Wonderful place.

Visited May 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Visit to the rock museum”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

Alot of nice stones as well as some prehistoric items in the museum. Rock shop has both rough to buy as well a cut gems and jewelry. Found the staff to be very knowledgeable and helpful.

Visited September 2012
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North Carolina
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62 reviews
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“The Jail House "Rocks"!”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

The museum is located in the old jail on 25 Phillips Street in Franklin, NC. The jail was originally built in the 1850 and in use until 1972. The Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin, NC with cooperation with the Macon County Commissioners was allowed to occupy the space and make available to the public a museum which houses a large collection of local minerals and gem stones as well as other gems, minerals and Indian artifacts from around the world. The museum operates by an all volunteer staff and by donations from visitors and sales from their gift shop. The items offered for sale are those donated by Gem and Mineral Society members and other local artisans. They also raise money through an annual gemstone raffle, tickets are sold in the gift shop.

The Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum is open from May 1st to October 31st, Monday thru Saturday from 12 pm to 4 pm. Also from November 1st to April 30th only on Saturdays 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Special tours can be arranged by calling 828-369-7831. You can learn more by visiting their website at: www.fgmm.org

Lastly, The Gem and Mineral Society several times a year offer a “Gemboree show” which is typically held at the Macon County Community Building. Again, call or check their website for more details.

Visited August 2012
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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“A Gem of a Gem Museum!”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

As this was my first trip to Franklin I researched a bit about local attractions and discovered that Franklin hosts the worlds largest collection of gems....... They were not kidding! Upon arriving to this quaint little town square we quickly noticed the well marked signage for the Gem Museum, located in one of the historical buildings... the old town jail. This made the museum even more interesting as not only do you see beautiful gems and artifacts from all over the world, they are displayed in an appropriately named room, such as Indian, US Gems, Local Area, Etc. each in a room of the jail with 30 inch plasterd walls. Upstairs you actually tour-walk into one of the old jail cells covered in graffitti that was in use until the late 70's...ok, i digress...with the fascination of the old jail.... back to the gems! They have a selected 'dark room' for rocks that natually glow in the dark, another room with all natural rock formations/gems still in tact-to observe natural state....All a very fun, unique, 'campy' experience. We had the most informative tour-guide that really enhanced the tour with his knowledge and passion. Fun visit, highly recommend if in the area!

Visited September 2012
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