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Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

25 Phillips St, Franklin, NC 28734-3029
+1 828-369-7831
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So friendly and really knowledgable

We entered the museum as we were in Franklin and decided to have a look. It is a converted Jail and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Charlieandaustinsmum
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
A must for gems

For anyone that has very little knowledge about gems or for locals this is a must to see. A lot of... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2018
dkpruitt
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Franklin, North Carolina
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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“old jail” (39 reviews)
“jail cell” (6 reviews)
“jail house” (4 reviews)
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25 Phillips St, Franklin, NC 28734-3029
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"indian artifacts"
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"great place to take the kids"
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"volunteer staff"
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"great collection"
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"original cells"
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"donations are accepted"
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"historical building"
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"light display"
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"dark room"
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"friendly and knowledgeable staff"
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"rock hounds"
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"interesting items"
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"different states"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We entered the museum as we were in Franklin and decided to have a look. It is a converted Jail and has lots of educational displays on rocks and gems. The people running the museum could not have been more friendly or helpful and it...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

For anyone that has very little knowledge about gems or for locals this is a must to see. A lot of information and amazing things to see. May not he something for return visits but well worth your time

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Reviewed 23 December 2017

The museum is a great place for learning. The collection is very good and the workers are very informative. This is a wonderfully historical building (old jailhouse).

Thank Randy B
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

The staff of the museum are members of a Gemological Society and are extremely knowledgeable. The displays are examples of gems from not only North Carolina, but all the states and around the world. The dark room has UV and black lights to show the...More

Thank Fuelman8
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

Shows nice samples of gems and minerals from around the area. Knowledgeable attendants are there to help answer any questions. Remember you are in a small town, so do not expect a large museum with a lot of gems, etc. Nice quantity though. Fun place...More

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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

When visiting down town Franklin check out the Gems at the museum. The rooms, formally jails, have themes. So many gems from around the world. Some are so large and beautiful in all shapes and sizes. This is a must see and for free.

Thank Eric B
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

This is located in the old jail, which adds a bit of fun to the experience. They have rooms dedicated to rocks/gems from NC, from around the US, and around the world. The coolest room is the phosphorescent room, where you can turn all the...More

Thank cfertenb
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

First of all, I was impressed with the volunteers that man the museum. The museum is in an historical building that was formally the jailhouse. They still have the "slammer" upstairs with a few gems and minerals on display right there in the cells. There...More

Thank marchien2017
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

This is a small, free museum in historic downtown Franklin with a surprisingly extensive and awesome collection of rocks, minerals, and relics from around the world. Great rock shop, too. Recommend a visit for anyone who collects rocks or just likes pretty rocks. The quality...More

Thank Penny H
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

We were doing a thrifting tour of Franklin and stopped in to the Gemstone Museum for a look-see. We were most impressed by the enthusiasm, energy and expertise of the volunteers as we were welcomed to the museum. They were eager to help visitors understand...More

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