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“Inexpensive Fun” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Colburn Earth Science Museum

Colburn Earth Science Museum
2 North Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
828 254-7162
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Ranked #85 of 176 things to do in Asheville
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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!
Houston, Texas
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“Inexpensive Fun”
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 samples out of the treasure box. They also have a number of mineral specimens and other things for sale. Parking is next door or at one of the nearby hotels.

The sad thing is that several of the museum's display items were stolen.

Visited July 2014
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Denver, Colorado
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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
“Neat rainy day museum”
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.

Visited June 2014
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“Great indoor exhibit on a cold day!”
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 it's over 3000 square feet, but that is roughly the size of good size house, so not very big. But it is only $5 per person and free for very little ones. Bought the kids a geode at the end that the staff cracked open for us right there. My kids loved it! And the staff was amazing how they went over all the minerals inside the geode for them and explained everything. Would definitely recommend it for families with younger kids (mine are 3 and 7) visiting the area. It is very hard to find as it is in the basement of the art musuem and signage is limited so possibly call ahead and ask for specific directions.

Visited April 2014
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North Charleston, South Carolina
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Great way to spend several hours for only $5”
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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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
“Worth the visit!”
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. Located next to the Asheville Art Museum downtown.

Visited December 2013
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