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Colburn Earth Science Museum

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Address: 2 North Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: 828 254-7162
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The Colburn Earth Science Museum is Western NC's premier earth science...
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!
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A walk through minerals

Interesting collection of minerals from Mr. Colburn from North Carolina and all over the world. Also, kid friendly exhibits about other science topics.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Interesting collection of minerals from Mr. Colburn from North Carolina and all over the world. Also, kid friendly exhibits about other science topics.

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Powell, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Very cool displays; wonderful specimens. Such a shame some were inoperable due to vandalism. The host at the front desk was very helpful and extremely knowledgeable and energetic about earth science.

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Cumming
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We were there with 1 5, 7 and 9 year old ... and all enjoyed a couple hours of seeing, touching and some learning. The "weather man on TV" is a definite highlight ... the touch and feel of rocks and the displays of NC geography were all a good experience.

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Baltimore, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 via mobile

The museum tries very hard to manage, promote and maintain what it has. The staff is really helpful. We came here with a small child (6 yrs) and as a former science teacher, it is not hands-on enough. Lots of things behind glass that you cannot touch. For older kids (7-10 yrs), who may be doing a unit on minerals,... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This is small and could use some repairs on certain exhibits, but it worked really well for our 10 yr old who is very interested in geology and science generally. Nothing spectacular, but solid exhibits in a small setting. Staff were super nice and helpful. Do the scavenger hunt - kept our daughter engaged and she ended up learning some... More 

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St Augustine, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The staff at this museum are what really made the experience wonderful! It is a cute little museum with a few interactive exhibits, and it is priced fairly for what you get. Our children loved the scavenger hunt and enjoyed the gemstones exhibit. It kept us busy on a rainy day for about 1-2 hours. There is a parking garage... More 

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Asheville, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The Colburn has some cool stuff ... geodes/semi-precious stones/emeralds. But it is shoved into a tiny space in the bottom of Pack Place. It's an hour stop at most. Do eat at White Duck Taco just outside though!

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Well designed displays. informative. great for kids and collector alike. has scavenger hunts available that are age appropriate. A lot beautiful and great specimens of all sizes. Small places such as this need support after seeing the vandalism within the museum.

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Charlotte, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Ok, this place is not big. You probably won't spend the day here with your kids. But the time you do spend there will be fun. The woman at the front was so wonderfully friendly to the whole family. She set the kids (7 & 10) up with a scavenger hunt that they enjoyed. Best part of the museum was... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is an inexpensive diversion especially fun for kids or those interested in geology. It is air conditioned and does not take very long or involve a lot of walking. They ave scavenger hunts for different age ranges, so the kids can walk around with a clipboard and try to find things. At the end, they get to take some... More 

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Additional Information about Colburn Earth Science Museum

Address: 2 North Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: 828 254-7162
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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