Due to the current increase in Covid infections in Western North Carolina, the museum has opted to close for several weeks. This is to ensure the safety of our volunteers, employees, and visitors. We will update both our website and Facebook with any updates regarding when we will open again. Thank you all for years of continuous support.
The Mineral and Lapidary Museum of Henderson County was founded with the goal of providing a place where people could discover and learn about the beauty and diversity of the world beneath our feet.
The museum’s goal is to be a primary resource for education and information to the community on the earth sciences related to geology and paleontology.
The museum currently features a mix of exhibits that range from specimens of raw minerals in their natural state to polished gemstones and other finished material. The museum also hosts special exhibits of collections on loan.
Among the popular highlights of the exhibits are the displays of minerals found in Henderson County and in the state of North Carolina — which has one of the nation’s most diverse mineral deposits, the exhibit on the Hendersonville meteorite, and the fluorescent mineral display. Also popular, especially with youngsters, are the museum’s displays of fossils which are highlighted by a casting of a tyrannosaurus rex skull, a mastodon tusk and teeth, and a wooly mammoth leg bone.
Visitors to the museum will quickly discover that there is more under our feet than dirt and that there is much more to rocks than most suspect.
The Mineral Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and is volunteer run.
ADMISSION is FREE
(A donation or Gift Shop purchase is appreciated as these are the primary source of our income.)