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Mineral & Lapidary Museum

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Address: 400 N Main St, Hendersonville, NC 28792-4901
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+1 828-698-1977
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A rock lovers fantasy

Just happened to walk by and see the sign for this museum. So glad we entered!!! A great "free" museum. Interesting beginning with the fluorescent rock display which shows... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 July 2016
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St. Louis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Just happened to walk by and see the sign for this museum. So glad we entered!!! A great "free" museum. Interesting beginning with the fluorescent rock display which shows different rocks under black light and ultraviolet light. Lots of rocks, fossils,and even lucky enough to see a special exhibit with some dinosaur and mammoth bones. If you love rocks you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

After gem mining earlier in the week, we thought our kids (ages 4 and 8) would enjoy this museum. Although the space is small, it is absolutely packed with gems and fossils, and there's a cool display about gems that fluoresce. My kids each got a geode, which they got to help crack, and they both fluoresced, too. I think... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

We have passed this place many times without stopping. We had the grand kids with us and decided to look inside. They were mesmerized . . . .and so were we. A great hidden treasure in downtown H'ville. Volunteers were very helpful and the exhibits were very interesting. Kids got to "crack" a geode and were the first ones to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

This museum is free and is the perfect break from the heat. It has a very affordable little gift shop the kids just loved. It was only 10 dollars to crack a geode. Seeing how it is free to get into the museum that was very very reasonable! It was so much fun! they cracked it with the child and... More 

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Wapakoneta, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

The Mineral & Lapidary Museum is small and can be explored in 15-20 minutes. There are several display cases of rocks, shark teeth, and fossils. The first place to observe shows how rocks absorb light and reflect using a black light. Very neat! It's free and great for kids.

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Small, well done collection, Start with the dark room by making sure you push the button to see the various minerals glow. Good collection of indian artifacts here as well. Owners were very nice and made an effort to chat with folks coming in there. And it's free!

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

So very cool, if you love rocks and dinosaurs. And it gets you inside if your hot (or cold in Winter).

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

Get in from the heat and for a change of pace. A small museum, but a great place to teach smaller kids about rocks. The black-light room showing phosphorescent rocks is cool.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

The Mineral & Lapidary Museum is a great place to take the kids. Not only is it educational, but admission is free. My nieces love to look at the "sparkly" rocks and fossils, but the piece de resistance is cracking open a geode at the end. They never tire to see what's waiting for them inside. The Museum is small,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

This downtown museum is free. If you want to see some great NC geological specimens, fossils, and have fun cracking a geode for a reasonable price, this is the place! Learned so much about history and how types of rocks are formed; the teaching staff spent a lot of time with us, and it is very appreciated.

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