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About the Colburn

Hours of Operation  

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm                            
Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm                                            
Monday: Closed    
Children 5 and under: Free
Children: $5.50
Adults: $6.50
Senior: $5.50
Student Discount (High School & College): $5.50
Military Discount: $5.50      

Free admission for  members of ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers), SEMC (Southeastern Reciprocal Membership Program), and the Autism Society of North Carolina.

Members of the Western North Carolina Nature Center receive a 50% discount on general admission.

Located in the heart of downtown Asheville, the Colburn Earth Science Museum has been educating the public about the natural wonders of the world since 1960. We are located on the lower level of the Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center on historic Pack Square at Biltmore and Patton avenues in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Exhibits include regional and exotic minerals as well as gemstones, fossils, meteorology and history of mining in WNC. Children love exploring the Museum with scavengers hunts and hands-on activities.

The Museum Gift shop offers:

To make your visit more enjoyable, please note that:


We regret to inform you that neither the Colburn nor Pack Place can validate parking garage tickets.

City of Asheville parking is available at metered spots on the streets and in several garages. Parking also is available at a private garage adjoining Pack Place. For more information on Downtown parking, go to the city’s parking webpage. There are also numerous private parking lots and garages throughout the Downtown area.