Museum of North Carolina Minerals, Spruce Pine

4.4
#25 of 52 in Museums in North Carolina Mountains
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  • We like to take our visitors to the museum to give a little knowledge of the area and what is mined here. They have interesting displays and it is enjoyable to see what was done in the past all the wa...  more »
  • Enjoyed this break off the BRP. A nice little gift shop include a small museum full of informative facts. The staff was friendly and enjoyed our break from the parkway  more »
  • This is a very nice little museum packed with a lot more than expected or than outwardly visible. There are hands on display and a lot of information on NC minerals and the area including the history ...  more »
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  • Very educational. A great little gem for the rock enthusiasts. Very hands on for the younger crowd.
  • This is worth a short stop if you are in the area. If you are interested in rocks, minerals and mining in North Carolina then it is worth a slightly longer visit. The museum is small but has a nice display room featuring rock/mineral samples, a history of mining in the area, a small gift shop and nice bathrooms. Outside there are several large rock/mineral samples which are labeled. Our family doesn’t typically like museums but we enjoyed browsing around for about 20-25 minutes, and it’s free! Positives: Nice display of mining and minerals in NC, free, nice bathrooms. Negatives: It’s just a small museum about rocks. :)
  • Great place to learn about the history of NC geology. Great for kids, but informative for inquisitive adults, as well. Very friendly staff.
  • Excellent learning experience. Take the kids and grandkids.
  • Odd little place out in there middle of nowhere, but it is a really neat museum for the kids... Or if you like rocks. If your driving through the area, it's a fun distraction for a little while. Some pretty thorough exhibits inside on minerals and basic geologic info on NC.