MP 331, Museum of North Carolina Minerals & Visitor Center

Interactive and educational exhibits and programs at the museum present economic themes related to mining past and present. Exhibits tell the story of North Carolina?s minerals within a larger geologic context that includes social, economic and cultural aspects of mineral extraction in the region.

Exhibits display mineral specimens and gems to attract several levels of visitor interest. Personal services encourage visitors to participate in learning activities, and audiovisual elements help people understand geologic processes. An annual Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration in September attracts visitors interested in seeing living history demonstrations commemorating exploits of the mountain men who defeated the British in the Battle of Kings Mountain.

Visitor Center Phone: 828-765-2761

Visitor Center Hours 2014:
Open year-round 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m. beginning November 2
(CLOSED Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s).

Amenities:
- Visitor Center
- restrooms
- exhibits
- programs

Handicap Accessibility:
- visitor center is wheelchair accessible
- restrooms are wheelchair accessible
- exhibits are wheelchair accessible
- information is wheelchair accessible

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