The Franklin Mineral Museum a non-profit educational institution
is located at 32 Evans Street, Franklin, Sussex County, New
Jersey. The museum was incorporated June 2, 1964.
coupled with its close neighbor Ogdensburg, NJ are the home of
the world's most famous zinc mines. The Franklin mine is
especially famous for mineral fluorescence, and variety of rare species.
On September 13, 1968 the State of New
Jersey passed a resolution declaring the Borough of Franklin:
"the Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World." These zinc
deposits have produced 357 different mineral species starting
with the discovery of zincite in 1810 by Dr. Archibald Bruce.
The Franklin Mineral Museum's mission is to preserve the
mineral wealth, geology, knowledge, and history of "the greatest
mineral locality on earth." The area is perceived to be one of
the best of "Nature's Classrooms" by many prominent
intellectuals and has much to offer science students and
There is a long list of scientists, medical doctors,
engineers, and other professionals who were inspired by a
childhood visit to the Franklin Mineral Museum. The Franklin
Mineral Museum hopes to continue the tradition of inspiration
and education for many years to come. The advancement of
technology has given us a better understanding of the greatness
and scope of the mineral deposits at Franklin and Ogdensburg,
New Jersey. Every aspect of the intrigue of this locality
generates knowledge that the museum passes on to its visitors.
Franklin Mineral Museum's
The Board of Trustees realizes that the
continued financial and educational success of the mineral
museum is dependent upon
two long term projects, the Endowment Fund
and a Building Fund.
The Endowment Fund accepts monies
from estates, trusts and the general public. Only interest
income from the Endowment Fund is used, when needed, to operate
the museum. Donations to this fund are applied to the principle
that are invested in secure interest earning accounts.
Building Fund also accepts monies from estates, trusts and
the general public for use in expansion and maintenance of its
buildings. Monies received by the Building Fund are used for its
stated purpose and not for general operations.
Other Funds: You may also
donate monies to the following: Operating Fund; Research and Education Fund;
and a new fund - Color Book Fund.
Make donations payable to: Franklin Mineral Museum (fund name);
send c/o Lee Lowell, Treasurer, Franklin Mineral Museum, 32
Evans Street, P.O. Box 54, Franklin, NJ 07416.
All donations are tax deductible.
Individual: $15.00 per year; Family: $25.00 per year;
Patron: $50.00 per year; Life: $500.00 one time fee; Corporate: $1,000.00 one time fee; Sustaining:
$5000.00 in money, material and/or services.
For a membership application, please
Completed forms with payment should be sent to: Franklin
Mineral Museum P.O. Box 54, Franklin, NJ 07416.