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April 2018


2018 NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem and Jewelry Show

April 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am - April 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
NJ Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue
Edison, NJ 08837

The Franklin Mineral Museum will again provide 10 cases of fluorescent minerals for display in the Junior Ballroom 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 – 9:00 PM Sat & Sun:  10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Entrance Fee:  Free = Under 4 $10 = Age 4-11 $15 = Age 12 and…

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May 2018

miner's day celebration

Miners Day and Volunteer Appreciation Day

May 6, 2018

A combination outdoor and indoor event, by invitation only. This event honors the miners who worked in the Franklin and Ogdensburg zinc mines and features music by the Franklin Band, science awards to local students, and speakers on local history and mining lore. Lunch and refreshments provided.

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July 2018

FMM summer sale

Summer Mineral Sale

July 7, 2018 - September 7, 2018

Summer mineral sale in Kraissl Hall. Open to the public. Both local (Franklin – Sterling Hill) and worldwide minerals will be available, along with miscellaneous mineral-related books, collecting equipment, mining memorabilia, etc. This year it is a little extra special. Like last year we have hundreds of world-wide minerals and fossils for sale. This year we are including hundreds of fluorescent minerals from around the world, including many spectacular Franklin and Sterling Hill fluorescent minerals! So it is a white-light…

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September 2018

mineral sale

62nd Annual Franklin-Sterling Gem & Mineral Show

September 29, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Littell Community Center (formerly the Franklin Armory), 12 Munsonhurst Road
Franklin, NJ 07416

Will again be held at the Littell Community Center (formerly the Franklin Armory), this 2-Day Show includes both indoor and outdoor dealers in minerals, fossils, gems, and jewelry. INDOOR SHOW Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. OUTDOOR SHOW Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission $7.00 adults / $4.00 children (ages 6-16). Learn more

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November 2018

Museum Closes for the Winter

November 30, 2018 - March 1, 2019

The Franklin Mineral Museum takes a winter break from November 30 - March 1.

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March 2019

miner statue in the spring

Museum Open on Weekends

March 2

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

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April 2019

Special Spring Mineral Sale in Kraissl Hall Featuring New Collections

April 26 @ 10:00 am - April 28 @ 5:00 pm
Super Digg

Super Diggg during Spring Mineral Show

April 27

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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mineral show Barite reveal

New Jersey Earth Science Association Gem & Mineral Show

April 27 - April 28
Littell Community Center (formerly the Franklin Armory), 12 Munsonhurst Road
Franklin, NJ 07416

April 28, 2018, SATURDAY9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Swap Opens at 8:00 a.m. April 29, 2018, 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 For more information, go to http://www.njesa.org/spring-mineral-show.html

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June 2019

Summer Night Dig

June 1 @ 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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