Franklin Mineral Museum Inc, Franklin

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#28 of 52 in Museums in New Jersey
The Franklin Mineral Museum in Franklin, New Jersey is a mineral, geology, and mining museum at the former Franklin Mine. It is located in Sussex County, New Jersey.HistoryThe mine was active from 1898 until the mid-1950s.The mine site became an open-air museum in 1964.FeaturesThe Franklin Mineral Museum has a large mineral collection, a simulated mine tunnel, and Native American artifacts. Visitors are allowed to collect mineral specimens in several areas of the former mine's tailings.
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  • Local friends took us to see the wonderful collection & displays at the Franklin Mineral Museum. They had free passes, but would be worth paying anyway. What a fantastic collection of fluorescent mine...  more »
  • If you and your young ones love rocks and minerals, this is a really nice place. I'd recommend this over the Sterling Mine Museum. The facilities are kept a lot cleaner, the bathrooms are a lot nicer ...  more »
  • Kids love rocks - and these ones glow, well at least under black light. I was able to keep my 4 kids, 12,10,7 &2 happily occupied on dads day out alone with kids. We did the walk through of the variou...  more »
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  • This non-profit educational museum is open seasonally, (closed November-March) so check the website before going. If you're interested in geology and especially rocks and minerals then this place really rocks! Despite the modest exterior, the Franklin Mineral Museum details the mining history of the Franklin Ore Body that was a source for zinc ore for over 100 years. There are a variety of exhibits in the museum a 2-story replica mine that exhibits some of the equipment and techniques that the miners used and the conditions under which they labored. The real treasure is the exhibit of fluorescent minerals. Northwest NJ is home to what is probably the largest number of fluorescent minerals in the world. Often nondescript in appearance under ordinary light these minerals come alive when illuminated with UV light. Although small in size, the mineral exhibit in an adjacent room is not to be missed. It contains many superb examples of rare minerals and crystals.
  • Nice place and great history. Try your luck finding nice rocks and take directed trip thru mine very education try it!
  • They sure have some rocks that glow and others that don't pretty nice
  • Great place to bring the family.
  • Best place to look for fluorescent minerals!!!!

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