Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are your hours of operation?
A: The museum is normally open Monday through Saturday-Noon to 4pm, during summer and fall (May 1 to Oct. 31). During the winter months Saturday only-Noon to 4 pm (Nov.1 to April 30).
These hours may change without notice. We are a volunteer club and can only operate the museum for the hours we have members available to host.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: There is no cost to visit the Musuem. Our mission is educational and we want all to learn and enjoy the Museum.
However, we do have expenses. We are a 501(c3) tax exempt organization. We depend fully on donations and the proceeds from the Gift Shop.
Q: How do you become a member?
A: It's easy! Get an application by attending one of our meetings or events, visiting the museum, or just talk to a member! You may join by submitting the application and paying the dues. Meetings are held at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building, 1228 Georgia Highway (441 South) in Franklin, NC on the last Thursday of the month at 6:30pm except in November and December. Membership dues are $20.00 per person per year with $10 each additional family member, and $5.00 for junior (Pebble Pups). Membership is from September to September.
Q: Are Groups Welcome?
A: Of course! We love groups! School Demonstrations and Tour Groups of 10 or more are welcome by appointment! Please call Marsha at (828) 369-7262 so that we know you are coming and we will have guide hosts to give your group personal attention. Check out our Photo Gallery for some group pics!!
Any other questions... we will try our best to answer it as long it has to do with the museum or gems and minerals!