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Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

25 Phillips St, Franklin, NC 28734-3029
+1 828-369-7831
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Wonderful place to spend several hours.

The museum is a great place for learning. The collection is very good and the workers are very... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Randy B
Franklin, North Carolina
Very informative

The staff of the museum are members of a Gemological Society and are extremely knowledgeable. The... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2017
Sanford, Florida
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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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25 Phillips St, Franklin, NC 28734-3029
25 Phillips St, Franklin, NC 28734-3029
+1 828-369-7831
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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
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

Thank NCluvtrav
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
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
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
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
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

Thank Road_Warrior32034
Reviewed 12 August 2017

This museum is a must see for any traveler to the area. It is loaded with great items from around the world and the local gems are worth seeing. I stop in nearly every trip to the area to walk through. The staff is very...More

1  Thank rockdoctor48
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Wonderful older gentleman who was funny and entertaining during our visit. Very informative displays in various rooms . This site had previously been a jail.

Thank melody m
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