Franklin Mineral Museum
PO Box 54 
32 Evans Street 
Franklin, NJ 07416 
(973) 827-3481

This unique museum features a comprehensive display of the approximately 300 species of minerals from the Franklin-Ogdensburg area, site of the remarkable zinc mines of the New Jersey Zinc Company. Visitors will see polished and set gemstones, colorful crystals, and specimens of great rarity, as well as artifacts and curios connected with the past of this unusual area.  

The Franklin ore body, the world's richest in zinc content and containing 30 minerals not found anywhere else in the world, was depleted in 1954 after being mined for more than 100 years..  

The museum features the world's largest Fluorescent Display. Here the various ores and minerals are seen under regular light and long and shortwave ultra-violet, producing brilliant, fantastic colors. Other exhibits showcase thousands of specimens in well illuminated cases, with each item properly labeled. Needless to say, a visit to this museum is a must for students of geology.  

The new Jensen Wing of the Museum features the Wilfred Welsh natural history collections of fossils, Native American relics, and a variety of rocks and minerals.  Visitors can see fossils of fish, dinosaur footprints, shells, bones, skulls, and beautiful specimens of petrified wood in displays designed specifically to highlight the special characteristics of the specimens.  

To top it all, visitors will explore the Mine Replica, constructed with timber, rails, ore carts, drilling equipment, and ore scoops, etc., actually used in the zinc mines of Franklin Sterling Hill. The bi-level replica shows the operation of mining zinc ore.  

And talk about souvenirs, the Buckwheat Dump, next door, contains mine tailings that can be scoured by amateur geologists for mineral specimens!  

Groups are welcome. And whether their interest is in geology, history, or just plain beauty, all visitors will find this museum to be a fascinating place.

Hours: March thru November: open weekends for everyone and weekdays by appointment for Groups. April thru November open for everyone, Monday thru Friday 10 AM - 4 PM; Saturday 10 - 5 and Sunday 11 - 5. Guided Tours offered hourly. Closed Easter & Thanksgiving.
Admission to Museum:
Adults $7.00
Children under 12 $5.00
Seniors $6.00
Admission to Dump (for collecting): Same (separate from Museum)
Combination Museum and Dump (and 2 lbs. of rocks):
Adults $12.00
Children under 12 $8.00
Seniors $10.00
For collecting, there is also a per pound charge for rocks collected in excess of the above. Call for details.
Groups (10 or more): Includes Museum, Dump and 2 lbs. of rocks.
Adults $10.00
Children under 12 $7.00
Seniors $9.00
Group Reservations: At least 3 weeks in advance.
Lunch: Local restaurants. Picnic in nearby parks.
Handicapped Access: Partial.
Directions: I-80 West to exit 53, to Rt. 23 North, through town of Stockholm. Shortly after passing intersection of County Rt. 517 (comes in at left), turn left to Franklin (by this time you will see blue signs with white letters to guide you). Turn right onto Buckwheat Road, then left onto Evans Street. About 90 minutes from the George Washington Bridge.

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