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Spotlight Campaign

Moving Science Education into the Spotlight

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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.


Surprise Beer City Science Pub, August 5th



Mass Extinction Beer Release Party at Twin Leaf
August 24th, more details to come



Twin Leaf Brewing teamed up with us to create two versions of Mass Extinction Imperial Stout, one aged in bourbon barrels for a year and one aged in stainless for four months. Both brands will raise funds for the nonprofit’s current spotlight campaign.

Prior to starting Twin Leaf Brewing, Tim Weber, Head Brewer and Owner, made his living as an engineer. “I want to be able to pass along my love of the sciences to my four year-old son,” said Weber.  Tim reached out to the museum staff to see how he could fund raise and, possibly more importantly, raise awareness of the museum’s upcoming expansion.

Mass Extinction will be available on Thursday, August 24th, with more details to come and bottles will be for sale in Twin Leaf’s South Slope on Friday, August 25th at 3pm. Only a limited amount of bottles will be available of both brands of the beer.  Stock up on this delicious beer for your winter cellar collection.

New Membership Program

New Membership

AMOS Spotlight Campaign!

We are excited to announce that our museum will be relocating and rebranding as the Asheville Museum of Science.  Last October, the museum was awarded a $400,000 grant from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority which kicked-off our campaign! This grant money is a key component to our Spotlight Campaign and relocation in the center of town. Phase I of our relocation is under way as we begin construction on our new space in the Wells Fargo building on Patton Ave and Church St.

To learn more about this grant and our exciting future as we transition to the Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS), read this article from Mountain Xpress and click through our Spotlight Campaign Materials.

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in Pack Place
Asheville, North Carolina 28801*


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Adults                                                        $6.50

Military                                                    $5.50

Students & Seniors                            $5.50

Children 6-16                                         $5.50

Children under the age of 6           Free

Flash Sale w/ Freebies at the Museum!!!
Aug 9, 2016

Everything must go!  We will be selling all items from our gift shop at 75% off along with some duplicate and deaccessioned specimens from our collection starting August 9th for members, and starting August 10th for non-members.  The sale will run through our last day open, August 21st, or until supplies last.  We will also be giving away select items...

Colburn Earth Science Museum closing!
Aug 21, 2016

We will be closing our doors in preparation of our big move to the Wells Fargo building.  Be sure to stop by and say goodbye to your favorite oldie, but goodie exhibits.  We will be on a short hiatus until we open our new doors at the end of September.  Getting...