Admission Prices: Individual

Combination Museum Exhibits & Rock Collecting

Adult $12.00
Children (3-12) $8.00
Senior Citizens (65 and older) $10.00

Includes collecting bag and two pounds of specimens per paid admission. Additional poundage fee: $1.50 per pound.

Museum Exhibits only

Adults $7.00
Children (3-12) $5.00
Senior Citizens (65 and older) $6.00

Rock Collecting only

Adults $8.00
Children (3-12) $6.00
Senior Citizens (65 and older) $7.00

Poundage fee: $1.50 per pound.
All persons going into rock collecting areas must pay admission.

Family Fun! Hands-On Activities, Great for Kids of All Ages

Fossil Dig

$5.00 per person

Price includes one fossil to take home, but participants can uncover as many fossils as they like before choosing which one to keep.

Gem Panning

$10 per bag of gem rough

Similar to panning for gold: Gems are obtained by washing away sand of lighter weight in a water sluice.

“Adventure Package”
Children (3-12) $20.00
Adults $24.00

Includes admission to Museum Exhibits, Rock Collecting, Fossil Dig, and Gem Panning. Spend the whole day with us!

Admission Prices: Group

$9.00 per person
Includes rock collecting and a guided tour through the exhibits.

$8.00 per person
For rock collecting only.

Each admission includes a Museum-supplied collecting bag.

All excess poundage not inside the provided bag is $1.50 per pound.

A viewing shed equipped with an ultraviolet light is available for inspecting your minerals for fluorescence prior to purchase.

Call for details (973-827-3481).

Reservations Policy

  1. Reservations are required and may be made up to a year in advance. Please call us at 973-827-3481 to reserve a time slot for your group.
  2. The following qualify for Group Rates:
    School groups.
    Scout, camp, and home-school groups of 10 or more attendees.
  3. All prices are subject to change without notice.
  4. These rates do not apply to special events or digs.


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General Information

  • Guided tours are offered at 2:00 p.m. daily. Visitors are welcome to view the exhibits and walk through the museum without a tour guide, but some restrictions may apply if group tours are in progress.
  • Rock collecting is available daily, except during extreme weather. The primary mineral collecting area, the Buckwheat Dump, closes 30 minute prior to the Museum. Proper footware (no open-toed shoes) is required; collectors must also wear protective eyewear when using tools (hammers, chisels, etc.). Claw hammers are not allowed. The museum does not supply collecting tools; please bring your own. A viewing shed equipped with an ultraviolet light is available for inspecting your minerals for fluorescence.


  • In addition to school groups, the Franklin Mineral Museum also hosts children’s parties, camps and scout group activities, and scout achievement award programs. The Museum also hosts an Annual Science Award Competition, during which local students compete for scholarships. The awards ceremony is held in conjunction with the Museum’s annual “Miners and Volunteer Appreciation Day,” held the first Sunday in May.
  • While here, visit the Museum store. Local and worldwide minerals are available for sale, along with ultraviolet (UV) lights, jewelry, rock ID kits, books on minerals and fossils, and teaching aids. It’s a great place to shop for unique birthday and holiday gifts!
  • accessiblity iconMost areas of the Museum are handicap accessible, including the upper mineral collecting areas.