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Museum of North Carolina Minerals

79 Parkway Rd, Blue Ridge Parkway, mile 33, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
+1 828-765-2761
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Very cool stop to learn

We happened to stop in because we were in town. My son really enjoyed this (14 years old). No line... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2018
S F
,
Ayden, North Carolina
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Upgraded since the last time

The exhibition rooms have been redone and are now excellent. Audio greets you as you enter each... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2018
jelsegood
,
Burnsville, North Carolina
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Museum that displays spectacular emeralds, rubies, amethyst and quartz that were found in the mineral-rich Spruce Pine Mining District.
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  • Very good48%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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79 Parkway Rd, Blue Ridge Parkway, mile 33, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

We happened to stop in because we were in town. My son really enjoyed this (14 years old). No line, free to visit. We would recommend to anyone who would like to learn about minerals.

Thank S F
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

The exhibition rooms have been redone and are now excellent. Audio greets you as you enter each room. All of the minerals are well shown and good storylines displayed. Small shop and information room. Plenty of parking and a great stop if you are riding...More

Thank jelsegood
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

A bit like a rest stop...there was a lot of hands-on education for kids. We managed to spend about 45 minutes there reading and touching everything. There is also a gift shop.

Thank MindyLynn731
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

A great and informative stop off to stretch one's legs along the 468 mile drive through the Blue Ridge Parkway. You have to be a true geology junky to totally appreciate this stop.

Thank jennifera399
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Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

Glad my husband and I made a visit to this museum. Very informative, many beautiful gemstones and very friendly staff.

Thank cruehrmund
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

This was a small, and somewhat educational, museum. Very limited display of minerals. Would recommend stopping by the displays at Grandfather Mountain Park instead.

Thank garris3404
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

The museum offers a lot of valuable information that explains the formation of the area's minerals and some lovely examples. This is a self guided tour and there is no admission fee. The museum offers a small gift shop and the Chamber of Commerce has...More

1  Thank minerakl56
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

Don't need to spend a lot of time but very interesting exhibits about the minerals found in this area and outside as well. Easy stopover while traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Thank Miguel C
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

Located just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, this museum - focused on the geology of the area - was definitely worth a stop to visit, but smaller than we originally expected. A good variety of different exhibits, some with interactive features. Took about an...More

Thank Judy W
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Nice museum, local information, small gift shop, and clean restrooms. See how the earth formed the mountains and learn about the gems and minerals in the county with the most different types of minerals anywhere in the country.

Thank Rickrdu
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