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The Franklin Mineral Museum Inc., Franklin
(4.6/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I took our granddaughters to the museum last summer, ages 14-7. On the tour we saw what a mine really looks like...it was cool down there, you might need a light jacket. The fluorescent rocks are beau...  more »
  • Open M-F (10-4pm), Sat (!0-5) and Sun (11-5), the Franklin Mineral Museum is a haven for Rock Hounds and Kids. Buy the combination ticket which is $12 for Adults, 712 yrs. ($8) and seniors ($10) and i...  more »
  • I took my grandchildren here not really knowing what to expect. They offer various packages you can purchase. We purchased the rock collecting and museum exhibit. A very nice gent escorted the childre...  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.
  • 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.
  • The history is good, and the displays fascinating. But the "mine" is a replica, so it is overshadowed by nearby Sterling Hill. Especially with the fact that there are still tunnles under Franklin. A redeeming quality is the rock pit out back, where you can find florescent rocks for your collection.
  • Place was great we went here about 20 years ago so many cool rocks and fossils and Native American things we got a private tour guide really knew her stuff and the man at the desk was very learned we will come back again love the place has lots of prehnite my favorite
  • nice place to take the kids for a one off kind of trip