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March 2020

miner statue in the spring

Museum Open on Weekends

March 1

Our hibernation is over. Franklin Mineral Museum reopens for weekend visitors only.

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April 2020

school buses

Museum Resumes 7-Day Schedule

April 1

Spring is here! Our doors are now open with a seven-days-a-week schedule.

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dino

2020 Edison NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem and Jewelry Show

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - April 19 @ 6:00 pm
NJ Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue
Edison, NJ 08837

The Franklin Mineral Museum will again provide fluorescent minerals for display during the show. This family-friendly show features minerals, fossils, jewelry, gemstones, decorator items, beads, giftware, lapidary tools and supplies, and more. Also featured is a 6,000-square-foot activity center for kids. Times: Wed - Fri:   12:00 PM – 10:00 PM Sat & Sun:  10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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Special Spring Mineral Sale in Kraissl Hall

April 24 @ 10:00 am - April 26 @ 5:00 pm
mineral show Barite reveal

FOMS / Sterling Hill Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry show & outdoor swap

April 25 - April 26
Littell Community Center (formerly the Franklin Armory), 12 Munsonhurst Road
Franklin, NJ 07416

April 25, 2020 SATURDAY9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Swap Opens at 8:00 a.m. April 26, 2020 SUNDAY 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Swap Opens at 9:00 a.m. Littell Community Center (formerly the Franklin Armory) 12 Munsonhurst Road Franklin, N.J. 07416   Donation: $6.00 per person / Children under 14 are FREE with a paying adult  

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Super Digg

Super Diggg during Spring Mineral Show

April 25

This year the Super Diggg, held annually during the spring Gem & Mineral Show since 2005, returns to the Franklin Mineral Museum. The Super Diggg is organized by the Delaware Valley Earth Science Society. Events include mineral collecting on the Buckwheat Dump (with special access to the Mill Site material within a fenced area previously off-limits), a geological tour of the Trotter mine area, door prizes for children, and more. For more information, and to register for this event, go…

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June 2020

Summer Night Dig

June 6 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Summer night dig, open to the public. Come look for fluorescent minerals at night on the famous Buckwheat Dump.   Dig begins at 7:30 p.m. Sturdy footwear (no open-toed shoes) and protective eyewear required. Bring your own ultraviolet light, flashlight or head lamp, and collecting equipment. Hand tools only; no powered equipment allowed for breaking or cutting rock. Hand sledges recommended; claw hammers not allowed. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults $10.00 Children (up to 16 years)…

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August 2020

Super Digg

Special Day Rock Collecting and Night Dig on Buckwheat Dump

August 1 @ 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Franklin Mineral Museum will be open for rock collecting on Saturday August 1, 2020. The Buckwheat Dump will be open for collecting from Noon-5 PM and then from 7 PM-11 PM for a night dig. Cost is $12/Adult and $10/Child. Rock poundage is $2/lb for day time and $4/lb during night dig.   All NJ COVID guidelines must be followed. Collectors may bring their own tools, but carpenters hammers are not allowed. Safety glasses must be worn if using…

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September 2020

Special Day Rock Collecting and Night Dig on Buckwheat Dump

September 5 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Franklin Mineral Museum will be open for rock collecting on Saturday September 5, 2020. The Buckwheat Dump will be open for collecting from Noon-5 PM and then from 6 PM-10 PM for a night dig. Cost is $12/Adult and $10/Child (3-16). Rock poundage is $2/lb for day time and $4/lb during night dig. All Children must be accompanied by a paid adult.   All NJ COVID guidelines must be followed. Collectors may bring their own tools, but carpenters hammers…

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