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Franklin Mineral Museum Inc, Franklin

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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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  • June 2017, Wed. Not far off the beaten path of Rt94 is the museum. We just missed 3 busses of middle school students. So, it wss empty. Not a huge place, but expect to spend an hour checking out the e...  more »
  • Nice! lots of mining history in Franklin . Good for smaller kids but the Sterling Hill mine in nbearby Ogdensburg is much better and well worth the $$ .  more »
  • Great for rock fanatics and anyone interested in rocks and mining. It's a small place but there is so much to see! The fluorescent room is amazing and is surely the highlight. The mine replica was int...  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
  • Best place to look for fluorescent minerals!!!!
  • The kids had a great time! (Graded K-5) Staff was, at times, testy with our staff but helpful and informative. Great field trip location.