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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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smaller museum for gem and mineral enthusiast

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
Theryan66
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Sevierville, Tennessee
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Sevierville, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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113 helpful votes 113 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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110 reviews 110 reviews
47 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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North Charleston, South Carolina
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110 reviews 110 reviews
39 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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58 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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 via mobile

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
4 helpful votes 4 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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