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Colburn Earth Science Museum

Address: 2 North Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: 828 254-7162
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Ranked #26 of 65 Attractions in Asheville
Type: Museums
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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!

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Charlotte, NC
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Denver, Colorado
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144 reviews 144 reviews
84 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Only go if you are interested in Gems and Geology and the weather is bad. It's well put together but again a very niche subject.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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107 reviews 107 reviews
45 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

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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87 reviews 87 reviews
28 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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204 reviews 204 reviews
53 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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