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Downtown Museums

 
The Scottish Tartans Museum

Scottish Tartans Museum

The Scottish Tartans Museum is the only American extension of the Scottish Tartans Museum in Keith, Scotland. A visit to the Scottish Tartans Museum in Downtown Franklin, NC is a journey for one to revisit the history and culture of Scotland. Visitors are invited to view their family tartan, connect with their clan, and learn about the history of Highland Dress. There are more than 500 tartans on display at this Scottish Heritage Museum that relates the history of this distinctive fabric. In addition to Tartans and the Highland dress displays, the museum maintains a database with nearly 6,000 records of tartan designs.

The Scottish Tartans Museum is located at 86 East Main St. Franklin, NC 28734. The hours of operation are Monday thru Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. The museum’s website address and phone number is www.scottishtartans.org and (828) 524-7472 (please see picture of Scottish Tartans Museum above).

 
 
The Macon County Historical Museum
 

Macon County Historical Museum

The Macon County Historical Museum is housed in the Pendergrass Building, circa 1904, is an excellent example of early 20th Century retail store design, complemented by original fixtures and a variety of artifacts and photographs of the History of Macon County. The museum holds public programs, publishes a newsletter and books on county history, pursues genealogical and historical research and promotes historical preservation.

The Macon County Historical Museum is located in Downtown Franklin, NC 28734 at 36 West Main Street. The hours of operation are Tuesday thru Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays from Noon until 4 pm. The Museums telephone number is (828) 524-9758 (please see picture above of the Macon County Historical Museum).

 

 

 

Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

The Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum was built into a 19th century jailhouse in downtown Franklin. The museum’s incredible displays include local and state specimens, Indian artifacts, fossils and more. There are thousands of specimens of gems, minerals, fossils, Indian Artifacts, fluorescent minerals, sea shells and other related artifacts at the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum.

The Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum is located at 25 Phillips St. Franklin, NC 28734. The hours of operation are Monday thru Friday from Noon to 4 pm (May 1st thru October 31st and November 1st thru April 30th open on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm). The museum’s website address and phone number is www.fgmm.org and (828)-369-7831. The admission into the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum is free (please see picture of the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum above).  

Ruby City Gems and Minerals - Free Museum

Ruby City Gems and Minerals Museum

Ruby City is located on Main Street in downtown Franklin, North Carolina. For those of you visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains or Great Smoky Mountains for the first time, we are quite literally at the gateway to both great attractions. Franklin is fortunate to have many draws for tourists due to its’ location. Gem mining has been a long-time favorite, and probably one of our most popular attractions. The town has extra notability due to the popular "Cash and Treasures" show that airs on TLC weekly. Ruby City is honored to be one of two businesses featured.

At Ruby City Gems and Minerals you will be able to find an array of various gems and minerals, artifacts in the museum and a friendly staff that will answer any questions you may have. Ruby City Gem and Minerals is located at 130 East Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734 they may be contacted at (828) 524-3967 (please see photo above of Ruby City Gems and Minerals).