The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

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Ruby City Gem Museum

    The Ruby City Gems Museum has on display thousands of gem and mineral specimens, including fluorescent pieces, fossils dating to millions of years old, petrified wood from all over the world, an expansive Native American collection of pipes, tools, and other daily artifacts, and one of the largest, private pre-Columbian collections in the world.

Website: Ruby City Gems Museum
Franklin NC
Distance: 2 hours from Asheville
Address: 131 East Main Street, Franklin NC 28734
Telephone: 828-524-3967
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. -5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. -5 p.m.
Fees: None
Allow: 1 hour
Nearby: Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum
Directions: From Asheville, take I-40 West to Exit 27. Take Hwy. 74 West towards Waynesville/Franklin. After approximately 16 miles take exit 81 to US23/US441. Continue straight onto East Main Street in Franklin.

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