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Museum of North Carolina Minerals

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Nice stop on the BRP

We enjoy the Visitor Centers on the BRP. It's an opportunity to stamp our National Park Passport... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2018
Manahawkin, New Jersey
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
Ayden, 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.
79 Parkway Rd, Blue Ridge Parkway, mile 33, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
+1 828-765-2761
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All reviews north carolina nice stop the blue ridge parkway small gift shop mining history quick stop clean restrooms interesting info on display revolutionary war plenty of parking all ages exhibits rocks mountains brp examples
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Reviewed 4 September 2018

A small but nice museum near Blue Ridge Parkway. Interesting exhibit if you like minerals and mining.

Thank jan120253
Reviewed 15 August 2018

We enjoy the Visitor Centers on the BRP. It's an opportunity to stamp our National Park Passport. This stop had a small but interesting/educational mineral museum. Traveling with a few folks that like minerals made it that much more appropriate to spend some time browsing.

Thank K S
Reviewed 13 July 2018

This is a small museum that is easily accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway. It si very interesting and easily seen in an hour. It focusing on all of the mineral and mining in NC. Staff is very friendly and helpful. There are lots of...More

Thank mndw
Reviewed 30 June 2018

My family stopped here while driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We spent maybe 15 minutes, used the clean restrooms, and enjoyed the mineral museum. It's a small museum but some interesting info about the geology of the area.

Thank Sapphire S
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
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
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
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
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
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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