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Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum

Gems & Minerals from the N.C. Mountains and around the World

The Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, located in a historic jail in Franklin, houses thousands of specimens of gems, minerals, fossils, Indian artifacts, fluorescent minerals, and sea shells.

  • the States Room, with minerals from 49 states, Canada, and Australia
  • the North Carolina Room, with specimens from the state of North Carolina
  • the Native American Room
  • a display of fluorescent materials rivaling any such collection south of the Smithsonian
  • a display of minerals used in making glass
  • the Fossil Room, with relics such as Carcharodon teeth, petrified wood, and a dinosaur bone and egg
  • the Central Room and the World Room, which feature specimens from dozens of countries and a display of “Writings in Stone” including a 1/16th replica of the Rosetta stone and a map of Hezekiah’s tunnel
  • Jewelry and curios composed of minerals from all over the world are available in a small gift shop. The museum offers classes for those interested in the lapidary arts, a library containing hundreds of books devoted to gems, minerals, fossils, and related subjects, and a workshop containing lapidary equipment.

Hours of Operation

May through October hours:
Monday through Saturday: 12 pm – 4 pm

The museum is open Saturday evenings in the summer during “Pickin’ on the Square” music fests.

November through April hours:
Saturday: 12 pm – 4 pm

Admission Fee


Hours of operation and fees are subject to change. Contact directly for most current information.


Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum
25 Phillips Street
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 369-7831

For more information about the gem and minerals heritage in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge mountains and foothills, go to our Gems & Minerals page.


25 Phillips StreetFranklin, NC 28734Get DirectionsWeb: http://fgmm.org/

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