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NC Mining Museum - NC Gem Mine Group Tours
Emerald Village is an exciting destination for hundreds of groups every year. We welcome groups and offer special rates for groups of 25 or more by advance reservation only.

We Provide the Following to Groups with Reservations:

  • Emerald VillageYour tour begins at the NC Mining Museum, with a digital slide show in our indoor theatre. This short presentation gives history and facts about the Emerald Village mines and an overview of the various attractions and activities you’ll want to see while at Emerald Village.
  • Next a trained guide leads you on a tour of the underground Bon Ami Mine and the NC Mining Museum. You’ll see historical displays, the Bon Ami waterfall, the Hidden mine, and the black light tunnel. Each member gets a full-color souvenir booklet.
  • Then we visit The Gemstone Mine flume and each person gets a bucket of gemstone mix to search through for genuine rough gems. Keep everything you find!
  • In addition, groups are invited to browse the free Discovery Mill Building displays, including the Wildlife Display, the Black Light Mineral Display, the Model Railroad Display, and the Antique Music Museum. We have a snack area with cold drinks, popcorn, hot dogs, nachos and ice cream. You are encouraged to bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic in either the indoor or outdoor picnic areas. Please let us know in advance if you plan on doing so. Two gift shops offer inexpensive souvenirs, gifts, rocks, and jewelry, so be sure to allow a little shopping time. We have ample bus parking and clean restrooms. Your group will learn about geology, earth science, minerals, gems, mining and area history while having an experience they will never forget! Many of our groups come back year after year!
Additional Information: All groups must be adequately supervised and must pay in 1 payment as a group upon arrival, unless other arrangements have been made in advance. Organized groups with 15 to 24 members can request to visit at the group rate with advance reservations, but do not get the slide show or tour guide. Allow at least 2 hours for your visit—more if you plan to eat here. If your group is visiting several attractions in one day we suggest you make Emerald Village your first stop. We recommend that you confirm your reservation with us and check on the weather by calling the day before. It can be cool in the mountains; light jackets or raincoats are a good idea, especially in the spring or fall. All groups must arrive at least 2 hours before closing.

Handicap Access Note: The slide show, Gemstone Mine, gift shops, restrooms & picnic areas are all handicap accessible. The underground mine tour is not handicap accessible, nor are the Discovery Mill Building displays.


Emerald VillageSpecial Group pricing (25+) is $10.00 per member of the group, tax included. All group tours include (A) the digital slide show, (B) the underground mine tour, and (C) a one-gallon gemstone bucket. Each member also receives a color 12-page guide to the Mining Museum and a color gem identification card

For Reservations - Call 828-765-6463 or email Upon confirmation of your reservation, maps and more detailed information will be sent.

We look forward to hosting your group soon!

If you have any questions please contact us at 828-ROK-MINE (765-6463), email us, or use our online request form.

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