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Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

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Grandsons favorite

Great place to visit in Franklin.. We take our Grandson every time He visits us. Very small but... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Franklin, North Carolina
via mobile
Interesting museum!

Small, but interesting museum located in an old jail house. Guides were very friendly and shared... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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...more
25 Phillips St, Franklin, NC 28734-3029
+1 828-369-7831
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank GaryGeorgia
Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

Rocks and gems abound in this small museum in the old jail. There are volunteers that are passionate with gems and rocks. Upon entering, they introduce you to the various rooms with each theme. The museum is free but donations are appreciated or they do...More

Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

Small, but very much worth a visit! Kind, knowledgeable people and very cool items on exhibit. Much more than just rocks. An entire room dedicated to Native American artifacts as well. They also have a state-by-state display of what you can expect to be prevalent...More

1  Thank Sundee McMullin P
Reviewed 29 March 2018

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

Thank Charlieandaustinsmum
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