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Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

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Address: 25 Phillips Street, Franklin, NC 28734-3029
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+1 828-369-7831
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Housed in the Historic 1850 Macon County Jail, the museum has approximately...

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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Look at these gems.

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
backlundustech
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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Johnson City, Tennessee
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 a visit,

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Davenport, Iowa
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16 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 Marsha and Virginia for a very nice time.

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Thank motogirl33
Cancun, Mexico
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206 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
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.

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 the historic old Jail House.

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Thank Cuervo49
franklin, North Carolina
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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 following my husbands genealogy work . This was an old jail ,upon going upstairs we... More 

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Thank JUDY H
Mill Valley, California
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 Gem and Mineral Museum. It is a welcoming, unfussy place. The focus is on the... More 

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Thank Amy K
Winter Park
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

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

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Thank Orville Dana C
North Carolina
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Nice clean shop with a very interesting museum attached. Lots of artifacts from all over the world. Very nice visit for kids as well as adults.

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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

The ladies working during our visit were so wonderful with my son, who happens to be a rock hound. And I love that this used to be a jail! Good collection of gemstones and historical artifacts. Worth a visit.

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Thank Anne F

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