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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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Educational and beautiful specimens

Educational and beautiful specimens of rocks, gems, meteorites. Suprising quality for a small town museum. The building itself is interesting, outside clock is Classic. Gift shop... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Tim S
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Educational and beautiful specimens of rocks, gems, meteorites. Suprising quality for a small town museum. The building itself is interesting, outside clock is Classic. Gift shop and learned interpreters.

Thank Tim S
Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This little museum is free but has an informative and a variety of displays. The staff is friendly and knowledgable. It is located on a quaint main street wtih shopping and restaurants.

Thank Cheryl J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was only my family visiting. The staff took the time with my family and scored major brownie points with my 6 year old son by showing him fossilized dino poo. I could spent much more time in this hidden gem. The kids loved the UV display and I enjoyed the paleontology exhibits. This museum is free and runs solely... More 

Thank GATravelMomma
Seneca, South Carolina
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6 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This free museum has an amazing selection of minerals and fossils. Many of the specimens were collected locally.

Thank Heather G
Stuarts Draft, VA.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

When you arrive at the museum the first thing you do is to look at a lighted presentation of the wonder of minerals and gems. This show was fascinating and informative. I really enjoyed it, Then you can tour the museum that is filled with wonderful facts and hands on exhibits. The warm and welcoming and informative staff helped me... More 

Thank Bruce H
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6 reviews
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed this little museum on Main Street. They have nice displays of local and international minerals, fossils, coral, & jewelry When we first went in, we viewed a black light display of fluorescent rocks that we all enjoyed. We also purchased a geode which was cracked for us. The one we picked turned out to be a good one.... More 

Thank Roger W
Goose Creek, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

My family and I have been here many times before and wanted to share this with friends. It is free and just down some stairs from the sidewalks of Downtown Hendersonville. There are many displays of stones and the staff love to interact with youngsters. You can find modestly priced items or like other reviewers said pick a geode to... More 

Thank jazzydays
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

While some people probably spend more time, I think most people can go through the exhibits in about 20 minutes. Great displays of rocks, minerals and fossils. As others had said - totally free. I felt guilty walking out without leaving a few dollars in the tip bucket - but didn't have any cash.

Thank Eswau
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

There is no cost for the museum. Lots of displays of mierals, geodes, etc. as well as items mounted by local craftsman for purchase. You can also purchase geodes for $10-$35 and they will crack them for you and provide display stands - a great souvenir of the trip! After cracked, they explain yours, show it to you under a... More 

Thank 13CCB
Hendersonville, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Learned a lot and had some great conversations. And you must visit next door, TRIBAL TRENDS. The owner knows all the chemical and metaphysical properties of gems and crystals. The info on the healing properties of stones was amazing!!

Thank islandtinkerbell

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