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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: Water
Jul 28, 2015

Wonders of Water Learn about the phases of matter as we get wet and wild! Young scientists will learn about solids, liquids and gasses as they relate to one of the most important aspects of life….WATER! We will also explore the movement of water and how it is affected by gravity, cohesion and density. To...


Space Exploration: Planetarium
Jul 30, 2015

Stories under the Stars Join us for an amazing adventure of stories under the stars! See the stars from the perspective of ancient Egyptians and Native Americans as we travel across space and locate important points of light. Many stories will include creation myths as well as ‘tales from the wise ones‘. Fun for the...

Fun Fridays: Laws of Motion
Jul 31, 2015

Facts of Friction Sir Isaac Newton was an amazing individual. Not only was he a scientist but also a very skilled mathematician. Discover the similarities of these two worlds during our Facts of Friction class! Students will test the laws of motion by constructing vehicles using Lego technology. We will learn about natural forces and...