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Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

25 Phillips St, Franklin, NC 28734-3029
+1 828-369-7831
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Very informative visit

Great place to look at local geological specimens as well as other interesting items. Volunteer... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Grand Rapids, Michigan
hidden gem!

Located in an old jail and filled with most beautiful and breathtaking minerals. Staffed by... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Catherine L
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25 Phillips St, Franklin, NC 28734-3029
+1 828-369-7831
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Great place to look at local geological specimens as well as other interesting items. Volunteer staff was extremely informative and very friendly. Gift selection was great. Wish we had taken more time to look at everything they had there.

Thank audreysL1046HZ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in an old jail and filled with most beautiful and breathtaking minerals. Staffed by knowledgeable volunteers who obviously love what they do. Don't miss it if you are in the area.

Thank Catherine L
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We visited the old jail in town. It is the home of the Gem museum. They have volunteers who were very helpful. They have displays of gems, Indian artifacts, and other interesting items. They rely on donations from the community and visitors. It is worth...More

Thank backlundustech
Reviewed 20 March 2017

This is the coolest rock and gem museum I have ever been it. The staff is very friendly and informative. The collections they have in there are amazing! Plus you get a tour of the very old original jail! This place is pretty cool! Thanks...More

Thank motogirl33
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Stopped in with family after lunch at a local cafe and loved the history provided about the gems found in the area. Great for families and rock-hounds alike. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Thank CancunVIP10
Reviewed 18 March 2017

If you are interested in seeing the types of Minerals and Precocious Stones are found locally this is the place to go. It is free to enter and tour, it is a not for profit museum ( they will except donations). It is housed in...More

Thank Cuervo49
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Took family to visit gems, very intresting for kids. Had a great time. The gifts to purchase were not expensive and plenty to choose from. Would recommend a visit when in town.

Thank darlene m
Reviewed 15 February 2017

We went on a Saturday and there was no crowd , so we lucked up and one of the guys that helps run it , pretty much gave us information through the downstairs . We learned so much from this man . We were there...More

Thank JUDY H
Reviewed 27 January 2017

Great museum! I'm from the SF area, and I've been very disappointed at the removal of our gem/mineral exhibit from the Academy of Sciences. It has made a small, but infuriating comback, more an arts display than science. There's none of that at the Franklin...More

1  Thank Amy K
Reviewed 1 December 2016

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

Thank Orville Dana C
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