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Located in Pack Place, the heart of Asheville’s thriving downtown cultural area, Colburn Earth Science Museum ignites imagination, enhances science capability, and unlocks innovation. For more than 50 years, the Colburn Museum has fostered an appreciation for the Earth and its resources and environments through its exhibits, educational programming, and the care of its collection. A stunning gem and mineral collection, permanent and rotating exhibits, and a warm and professional staff make each visit a new learning experience.


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We will be closed Saturday, July 4th.

Join us for a summer filled with hands-on and discovery based education! This year we are teaming up with Bricks4Kidz to host several LEGO events including our first annual LEGO contest! Find more information under our Education page.

We will also be hosting several Quarry Field Days, sponsored by the Grove Stone Quarry in Black Mountain. These days include rock and mineral ID classes, stream studies, natural hiking and an exclusive tour of the quarry! This is the perfect event for any rockhound (big and small).

Preschool programs, space programs, planetarium shows and weekend programming are all listed under our Event Calendar. Check it out! Make your summer memorable by experiencing the wonderful world of science in WNC!


2 South Pack Square
in Pack Place
Asheville, North Carolina 28801*


Tuesday – Saturday        10 am – 5 pm
Sunday                             1 pm – 5 pm
Monday                            Closed


Adults                                                  $6.50
Military, Students & Seniors (62+)       $5.50
Children 6-16                                       $5.50
Children under the age of 6                 Free


Preschool Science: Jellyfish
Jul 7, 2015

Oceanography and the Food Chain Explore salt water properties and learn about jellyfish-one of many amazing oceanic creatures. Discover the role of jellyfish in the food chain and in the mixing of nutrients and carbon in the ocean. Learn about the parts of a jellyfish as we create our very own to take home! Parental...


Space Explorers: Out of this World
Jul 9, 2015

Journey into our Solar System as we explore the planets and their place in space! Scientists will explore the various sizes of the planets and stars as well as make their very own planet craft to take home! Constellations will also be explored as scientists race against time to form constellations in the dark. Games,...

Quarry Field Day!
Jul 10, 2015

Come enjoy a day of outdoor education that will ‘rock’ your world! The Colburn Museum and Hedrick Ind. will be providing a team of experts to educate children and adults alike about our local stream ecosystems, rock and plant identification as well an exclusive quarry tour. Events will take place all day from 10:30am-2:30pm. Everyone...