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“Volunteers with a passion for rocks”

Mineral & Lapidary Museum
Certificate of Excellence
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Cheatham County, TN
Level 6 Contributor
234 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Volunteers with a passion for rocks”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

This small underground museum and shop displays of minerals and fossils, local as well as rare and unusual, some from collections of prominent museums and universities. The cases are well-arranged, well-lighted, clean, and easy to see. The staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable, showing me references and photographs to answer my questions, and also demonstrated tools and techniques for opening geodes. The gift shop sells books on rocks and crafts made locally, often using semi-precious stones. The staff seemed to know the crafters and their particular techniques. Do not miss this!

Visited December 2012
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Boynton Beach, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Don't Miss It”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

The rock displays are beautiful. Be sure to see how the different rocks respond with ultraviolet light

Visited January 2013
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Asheville, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Free local geology museum!”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

A must stop for any visitor to the area. This museum has some excellent displays of rocks and minerals (including a cool fluorescent display) from Western North Carolina and beyond. It has a gift shop specializing in locally made jewelry and sells mierals and fossils. It also has geodes and grab bags of minerals and posters for sale for children. Highly recommended!

Visited October 2012
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Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Worth a few minutes if you're in the neighborhood”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

It's free. This is a small museum and the displays are limited. I'd hoped to learn more about North Carolina minerals but they have things from all over. The geode cracking is fun and kids seemed to enjoy it. There is a booth where different minerals can be viewed under different kinds of light that was also interesting.

Visited November 2012
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East Flat Rock, North Carolina
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Gems Galore”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

I love this place. Take the kids and enjoy the eye candy; crystals and fossils from all over the world. It's not a large place, but they have everything displayed beautifully.

Visited March 2012
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