Museum of North Carolina Minerals, Spruce Pine

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TripAdvisor
  • Family visited here on a mountain vacation. My 10- and 11- year old were largely bored, and we probably didn't stay for more than 20 minutes before we were done. Nothing wrong with it, but I wouldn't ...  more »
  • Was pleasantly surprised to see this place, more so since it was open in early spring on a weekday. They do a great job presenting the history of the geology and the types of rocks and minerals found ...  more »
  • 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 di...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Staff was really helpful. It's such a great little museum tucked away in the mountains.
  • 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.
  • I was thinking "who would want to read about rocks?" But when I got in there it was incredible. Well worth a stop