Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, Franklin

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  • Great place to look at local geological specimens as well as other interesting items. Volunteer staff was extremely informative and very friendly. Gift selection was great. Wish we had taken more time...  more »
  • Located in an old jail and filled with most beautiful and breathtaking minerals. Staffed by knowledgeable volunteers who obviously love what they do. Don't miss it if you are in the area.  more »
  • We visited the old jail in town. It is the home of the Gem museum. They have volunteers who were very helpful. They have displays of gems, Indian artifacts, and other interesting items. They rely on d...  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.