We’d love to have you come visit us!

Important update

Great news! The museum will be reopening its doors to the public on March 17th. Our hours of operation will be 1:00PM to 5:00PM Wednesday to Friday and 11:00AM to 5:00PM on Saturdays. This schedule will carry us through the end of March. New hours starting in April are still to be determined. We look forward to seeing everyone again.

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.

(A donation or Gift Shop purchase is appreciated as these are the primary source of our income.)