Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, Franklin

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  • 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. T...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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. ...  more »
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  • Very beautiful display of gems and minerals from around the world! Free to visit. A must see when you are in Franklin, NC.
  • Great place for anyone having any interests in rockhounding, gemstones, Indian artifacts and local history.
  • I enjoyed coming here on a family vacation. Be prepared because it is a very small space! Very interesting history and the museum is ran by local volunteers who can easily answer any questions you may have. It use to be a jail for the town many years ago and is a historical landmark. Overall a enjoyable experience.
  • Great educational place with many samples and Marsha will take you to mountains nearby for rockhounding. Excellent!
  • We stopped at the gem museum after a day of rock hounding (gem mining) in the area. The staff was amazing and were great with the kids. Explaining disllays, talking about different gems. The collection is diverse including sections on fossils, minerals from each state and many other sections. As others posted this museum is in the old jail. Really cool renovated venue. Our family really enjoyed our time and recommend if you are in the area to stop by.

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