Grandfather Mtn. Nature Museum
Linville, NC 28646
The Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum is home to more than two dozen exhibits on the natural history of Grandfather Mountain and the surrounding region.
Upon entering the gallery, the first thing visitors encounter is one of the finest collections of North Carolina gems and minerals available on public display. There are some 62 kinds of minerals (350 specimens in all) including crystals of the state’s famed emeralds and rubies and the largest amethyst ever found in North America. The collection also features the finest group of Tar Heel gold specimens exhibited anywhere.
Other exhibits showcase the various birds of North Carolina, as well as early explorers to the mountain, including Daniel Boone, Andre Michaux and Asa Gray. Another interesting exhibit covers Native American artifacts found on Grandfather Mountain, followed by photo exhibits about each of the animals found in the Mountain’s wildlife habitats. Weather buffs enjoy a touch-screen presentation on the weather-related science behind the Earth’s climate.
Guests also encounter life-like wax models of wildflowers, berries and mushrooms found on Grandfather. Adjacent to the museum is the Nature Museum Auditorium, which shows outstanding nature videos filmed at Grandfather Mountain. Featured selections play on loop throughout the day.
NOTE: Access to the nature museum requires the purchase of an admission ticket to Grandfather Mountain, which is open year-round, weather permitting.