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First find wollastonite with red fl. calcite, green fl. willemite, bustamite and franklinite. Collected in the Franklin mine by J.  L. Baum. Dimension 22 x 35 cm.

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. 

Franklin, NJ 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 361 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 professionals.

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 Funds

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.

The 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.

Museum Membership

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 click here. Completed forms with payment should be sent to: Franklin Mineral Museum P.O. Box 54, Franklin, NJ  07416.


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The Franklin Mineral Museum and Nature Center

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Franklin, New Jersey 07416


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