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Asheville Museum of Science

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Address: 43 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
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+1 828-254-7162
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
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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 bubblesReviewed 25 July 2015
Claire c
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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Greenville, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I understand that the museum is new. I understand that it's just beginning. Even so, it is strikingly small and requires expansion with more exhibits. There were two rooms- the rocks/mineral room and the play area. I took my family there to check out the museum, but I felt that it would take only 20 minutes before we saw everything... More 

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

This is not an extensive science museum but rather a small and perhaps beginning museum for young ones. There is a nice display of minerals and stones as well as a play area and some exploration activities. There are a few "classes" taught by museum staff which seem to be well taught. In all a good activity for littler kiddos.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

The museum is meat now, with lots to interest young and old. My four year old grandson got to drive a. Opt of the Mars Rover. We took a look at the night sky in the small planetarium, toured the galaxy with interactive explorer, and marveled at the dinosaur, the many fossils and great minerals. There are many "please touch"... More 

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asheville, nc
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Still under construction, mainly what is there came from the Coburn Museum which is primarily rocks and gems. Doesn't take long to look at what they have unless you have small children who are interested in the tables of rocks which can be sorted and named. They are planning a few more exhibits which should help, but it isn't something... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

This museum was a bit hard to find. It is inside the buildign for the art museum and is in the lower level. Admission is around $7 and was well worth it. The staff were absolutely wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed the mineral type displays along with displays about NC is relation to mining, weather, gold and other Earth history... More 

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Greenwood, Indiana
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 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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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 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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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 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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2 Thank Claire c
Powell, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 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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