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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
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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
Claire c
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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Greenwood, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

The staff here was fantastic and both of our kids loved completing the scavenger hunt. We had free admission so that made it something fun to do. The museum was much smaller than we anticipated and the exhibits are very old and some have been damaged by vandalism. The people working there were really nice

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1 Thank Sharon S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

I came with my kids who love science. The staff was incredibly friendly and gave everyone age appropriate scavenger hunt materials. But the museum was pretty pathetic. Very small. Text heavy with very little interaction. They are moving in the near future to aa better location, so maybe it will improve in the near future

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1 Thank Gbvance
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

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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1 Thank Claire c
Powell, Tennessee
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 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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Maryland
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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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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 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

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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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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