Every time we visit Franklin, my family likes to wander through the Franklin Gem Museum .
According to Wikipedia, “The Franklin, North Carolina area is rich in gems and minerals and is known as the “Gem Capital of The World.” So there’s lots to look at- shelves and shelves of sundry gemstones as well as other natural artifacts:
This amethyst geode half was about 4 feet tall, and there was no way my 28mm lens could take it all in in such close space, so I made do with the details:
Various ivory figures:
A cast replica of a T. Rex jawbone:
Yes, walrus ivory:
Genuine shrunken head!
Fool’s Gold, aka pyrite:
There were also minerals with fluorescent properties. Pretty nifty. They were kept in a dark room in a case illuminated by black light bulbs. Visitors could turn the lights on and off:
Wikimedia Commons has a much better picture on tap, here.