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Colburn Earth Science Museum

2 North Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801 (Downtown Asheville)
828 254-7162
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Ranked #32 of 80 attractions in Asheville
Type: Museums
Owner description: The Colburn Earth Science Museum is Western NC's premier earth science resource specializing in high-quality exhibits, public outreach, community... more » Owner description: The Colburn Earth Science Museum is Western NC's premier earth science resource specializing in high-quality exhibits, public outreach, community events and unforgettable STEM education!(science, technology, engineering & math) Stop by and chat with our educators about WNC's incredible natural history, peruse our many exhibits, learn about the wonders of the earth, and check out the low prices on gifts and jewelry in the Science Shop! « less
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
30 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

It was cold and rainy (actually some snow flurries) and we needed something to do with our kids. Earth Science Museum it was and it was a great pick. The kids had a blast wandering around. They have a scavenger hunt they give for the kids to help them find things and stay engaged. It is rather small, they say... More

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Hammock near a river
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73 reviews 73 reviews
27 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This museum has so much to see and learn about. Many mineral samples to see from around the world and more than a few from North Carolina to see. There is a large jade statue located near the entrance.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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39 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

This is a nice little museum with gems, minerals, the history of mining in Western North Carolina and a weather display/area. There is a small fee and they offer a 50% discount if you are a member of the one of the many nature centers throughout the U.S. They have a little treasure hunt for small children. Educational and fun.... More

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Lexington, South Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

I discovered this place on the internet while looking for things to do while staying outside of Asheville. Parking is good and I suggest you either use the Biltmore avenue parking garage at ALOFT hotel (5.00 dollars for the whole day but only paid 1.00 for the hour or so for the museum). There is another parking garage even closer... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We have a reciprocal membership and were able to visit for free. It is a lot smaller than we thought. Staff was very friendly and place was clean. It is conveniently located right downtown Asheville. We spent less than an hour there. This would be a good museum to visit if you like rocks and minerals. My favorite exhibit was... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Looks can be deceiving ... give yourself time when visiting this museum ... when you first peek in it looks as if you can wiz through in no time at all ... Not So! You find yourself merging into the world of minerals, gems and local history ... interactive and informative for all ages ... staying true to form their... More

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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75 reviews 75 reviews
22 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

My husband is a geologist, so we have visited many natural history museums. This museum was disappointing. It is very small. The largest section is devoted to rocks and minerals. There was also a section on weather facts, which was just placards on the wall and a small mining display. The entrance fee of $6 per adult was too high.... More

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Monroe, NC
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

What a wonderful little museum! The gem and mineral specimen were out of this world. Very interesting exhibits on how the minerals were formed. Some exhibits were about volcanic action. Some were about NC gold history. Some were about weather. All were great. The lady working at the front was very informative. My son enjoyed the scavenger hunt type activity... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

Had a wonderful time there. We had gone to activate a Groupon we had purchased. The museum does a great job of drawing kids into the exhibits with age appropriate scavenger hunts to complete through the museum. Our kids (7 and 5) loved that and the rock prize at the end. What we thought would be a 20 minute stop... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

We go to a lot of museums as we homeschool our four children. My son is very intrigued by geology and so I made a point of finding a museum in the South that accommodated his interest. I was very disappointed with this trip. We were in and out in twenty minutes, a rarity in our family. We did enjoy... More

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