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“Blue Ridge Parkway when the leaves start changing.”

Museum of North Carolina Minerals
Ranked #3 of 16 things to do in Spruce Pine
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Owner description: Museum that displays spectacular emeralds, rubies, amethyst and quartz that were found in the mineral-rich Spruce Pine Mining District.
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Beautiful time of year! Stayed at Pinebridge Inn, a converted school. Comfortable, clean rooms. A little pricey. Visit the Gemstone museum. Right off of Blue Ridge Parkway.

Thank harold c
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

This place is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a NPS visitor center and combined museum plus gift shop. The museum is fairly small, but there is some nice information presented about minerals. Overall a good place to go for a bathroom break and to stretch your legs and take a break from driving for a bit.

Thank Ravekid
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

Very nice museum, tells a great story. My granddaughter really enjoyed buying some "shiny rocks". Her bag of shiny rocks stayed with her the whole weekend. Glad we stopped.

1  Thank loveitalways
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Reviewed December 8, 2011

a good chance for a break from riding the parkway, and get educated a little bit about the local minerals and peoples.

3  Thank KSWilson24
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

We stopped at this little museum and it gave interesting information about the area geology. This is right at the NC 226 crossing of the Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 331.0). It's a small museum but full of interesting tidbits. They had a small little visitor's center in one corner with helpful information about Mitchell county.

Thank gatorbaityogi
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