Museum of North Carolina Minerals, Spruce Pine

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  • You should not miss the mineral museum. I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about the minerals in this area until I toured this museum. It does not look like much from the outside but is chocked.....  more »
  • Drop in while touring the Blue Ridge. Small but nice. Pretty interesting. Very nice helpful people. If you are close. Worth the stop.  more »
  • Nice old building. Grounds needed upkeep, too many weeds on the walkway. I am a geologist so the section on basic geology and mineral identification was nothing new. I was disappointed with the exhibit. There were lights out in the display cases and I am sure there were not chunks of the 300 hundred minerals that are found in North Carolina. The exhibits were dated but the room on North Carolina mining was interesting. The minerals in the gift shop were no better than those you buy at a tourist trap. All in all, my wife and I were saddened by our visit. If you want too see a wonderful mineral display, visit the Smithsonian’s in the Museum of Natural History. It is free and is beautiful and first class.
  • Free museum with learning plus bathrooms? Sold. This is a nice place to get out and stretch your legs and learn a little about geology. The interactive displays were working today (I know someone else said they weren't during their visit) and the history of the geology was neat. Gift shop is small, but nice. Bathrooms are clean.

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