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Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

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FREE and a great find

Adults and kids alike will enjoy this free attraction. Don't miss the room with the blacklight. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dabrielle W
Gainesville, Georgia, United States
So glad we didn't miss this "gem" of a place!!! LOL!

This was an awesome museum. Never saw many of these pieces before, quite an interesting place to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Vidalia, Georgia
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“jail cell”(8 reviews)
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...more
25 Phillips St, Franklin, NC 28734-3029
+1 828-369-7831
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

This is a free museum of gems, minerals, and the old jail! There is an excellent exhibit of fluorescent minerals demonstrating both short and long wave UV fluorescence of minerals. Separate rooms show local, US, world specimens as well as some Native American artifacts. A...More

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All reviews old jail jail cell indian artifacts great place to take the kids volunteer staff awesome collection original cells donation box donations are accepted light display cool items dark room worth a visit small building interesting items historic downtown great place to visit
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Adults and kids alike will enjoy this free attraction. Don't miss the room with the blacklight. The people there are so helpful and friendly

Thank Dabrielle W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an awesome museum. Never saw many of these pieces before, quite an interesting place to visit, so glad we went and would like to go back again.

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Reviewed 29 September 2018

This was an unplanned place to visit, but since it was just off the main street of the historic downtown, the sign caught our eye. We didn't have a lot of time to spend there (so we didn't thoroughly look at everything), but it was...More

Thank challengefish
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Great place to visit in Franklin.. We take our Grandson every time He visits us. Very small but full of cool stuff.. He loves to go upstairs and check out the old jail cell!! And the room with the gemstones that glow in the dark.....More

Thank Flamingazalea
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Small, but interesting museum located in an old jail house. Guides were very friendly and shared lots of information. Love how they have it divided up into rooms - one for North Carolina, another for the other states, gems and minerals from around the world,...More

Thank MaryC4634
Reviewed 16 August 2018

Very friendly volunteer workers. Amazing collection of specimens from all over the world and one room devoted to NC. The jail cell is a plus. Small gift shop. Cool!

Thank EDF1958
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Gems, minerals, fossils, indian artifacts and the stories to go with them. The organization and appearance and overall quality of this museum is unbelievable. The atmosphere of housing the museum in the old jail just adds to the experience. Don't forget to look through the...More

Thank Robert K
Reviewed 21 July 2018

The museum is in downtown Franklin in their old jail. The museum is free and run by the local gem society. They do have short opening hours. The displays are well organize including local area gems, US gems, and world gems. The museum left the...More

1  Thank Ultra_Stan
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Old jail converted into a gem and mineral museum. Nice artifacts and fossils as well. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff. Definitely check it out!

Thank gypsytea
Reviewed 1 June 2018

We visited the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum to look at the gems from different parts of the world and w were not disappointed. The Museum is housed in the old jail. on the second floor you can see one of the old cells. They...More

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