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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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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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Fun and educational

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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Powell, Tennessee
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Powell, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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36 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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225 reviews 225 reviews
87 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
22 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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183 reviews 183 reviews
114 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 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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