Franklin Mineral Museum, Franklin

#28 of 118 in Museums in New Jersey
The Franklin Mineral Museum contains a comprehensive display of minerals from the Franklin-Ogdensburg, NJ area, and site of the once active zinc mines. Visitors will see gemstones, crystals, and specimens of great rarity, as well as artifacts connected with the past of this unusual area.

The wealth of mineral specimens at Franklin owes it’s abundance to a sequence of geological events never duplicated elsewhere. Learn about these events as you walk through the exhibits.

The Museum contains a vast permanent world wide collection, and loaned collections of unusual interest. It also houses a spectacular display of fluorescent minerals, when viewed under ultra violet light is absolutely magnificent.

The Mine Replica, located in the original engine house which was used to hoist ore from the open cut, simulates actual mining operations in the Franklin Mine.

The Museum is privileged to offer Rock Collecting to the general public in such a mineralized area. Add Franklin Mineral Museum to your Franklin travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Franklin trip planning tool .
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  • This is a great place to visit. You MUST join the tour to see the mine and the exhibits museum, otherwise you're limited to the gift shop. The tour is wonderful. The public tour is at 1pm (if I...  more »
  • The Franklin Mineral Museum is an interesting small museum dealing with the New Jersey Mining industry. The museum I have to admit is stuck in a time warp where I swear it is 1975 there. The signs...  more »
  • Very beautiful museum! Many rocks from around the world are for sale or on display! There are rocks, crystals, and minerals that you wouldn’t imagine. The historical part of the museum is wonderful, such amazing artifacts, fossils, and tools. The people there are very friendly and are welcoming to everybody. I enjoy visiting every late spring when the weather is just right to excavate.
  • Fun way to pass an afternoon! Friendly, knowledgeable folks. I will definitely be back- next time with gloves and a rock hammer 😉

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