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Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

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Address: 25 Phillips Street, Franklin, NC 28734
Phone Number: +1 828-369-7831
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Housed in the Historic 1850 Macon County Jail, the museum has approximately...

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.

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Awesome place and free!

We really enjoyed the gem and mineral museum! What an awesome collection and great gifts too. Highly recommended .

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Winter Park
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed the gem and mineral museum! What an awesome collection and great gifts too. Highly recommended .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice clean shop with a very interesting museum attached. Lots of artifacts from all over the world. Very nice visit for kids as well as adults.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ladies working during our visit were so wonderful with my son, who happens to be a rock hound. And I love that this used to be a jail! Good collection of gemstones and historical artifacts. Worth a visit.

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Thank Anne F
Franklin, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum has a lot of information on all types of rock, native american artifacts;pottery and arrow heads and native rocks. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. It looks small on the outside but has numerous rooms filled with gems, stones, rocks and so much more.

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Thank queenofspaids
Clayton, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We stopped in to view the museum which is a great collection They do have rocks and minerals for sale. They also have gear for tumbling or faceting.

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CutterAl, Assistant Manager at Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, responded to this review

You stated that we have lapidary equipment for sale - I believe you may have us confused with Ruby City on Main St. They also have a Gem & Mineral Museum as well as a complete line of lapidary supplies. We are in the Old Macon County Jail, off Main St., south of the Courthouse. We have 8 rooms of... More 

Sevierville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Rocks & Minerals galore, including sections from different states, also sections for fossils & Indian artifacts, plus section of locally found items

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Thank sritter3
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

You are greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff. There are rooms of stones and gems that seem small but hold a lot. I especially enjoyed the Native America room.

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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This museum is housed in the old jail. They have left some of the original cells and features as part of the exhibits. We were greeted by volunteer members of the Gem and Mineral Society who run the museum. They were most helpful and informative. There are gems and minerals from all over the world and are well arranged by... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

I visited the museum looking for specific information on fluorescencing minerals. The volunteer curators were very helpful and went out of their way to assist me. The museum is quite thorough and nicely arranged. I even found a good long wave uv flashlight that I needed. Take the time to visit this hidden treasure. It's free!

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Jefferson, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

If you or a loved one likes looking at stones or gems you may find this to be quite an interesting place. We took a look on a cold rainy day and found some very unusual stones inside. The people are very nice and enjoy visiting so that was nice as well. I'm not a big geologist but it was... More 

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