Colburn’s exhibits present high quality information with hands-on displays and knowledgeable staff to answer!
NEW! Fossils of the Deep
Arriving this fall! Check out undersea wonders. Learn about vertebrates and invertebrates and how they coexist within the same environment. Fossils are gateways for scientists to discover more about our past and present. Explore the treasures of the deep with this new exhibit.
Hall of Minerals
The Hall of Minerals features many items from the Colburn Earth Science Museum’s primary collection of more than 4,500 specimens, including examples of the more than 350 minerals found in North Carolina. Kyanite, quartz, corundum, beryl, mica, feldspar and itacolumite, the bending rock are among the many specimens in this exhibit.
Grove Stone Earth Center
Displays in the Grove Stone Room explore the geology of North Carolina and the world. The exhibits cover volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics and general geologic processes, including those that formed the mountains of Western North Carolina.
History of Mining in North Carolina
This exhibit chronicles mining activity in North Carolina, including the activities of Native Americans, Spanish explorers and 20th-century Western North Carolinians. Displays showcase North Carolina’s role as the first major producer of gold in the United States, commercial mining, and the variety of gemstones found in North Carolina. The exhibit also has a replica of a gem mine, complete with a simulated dynamite charge and gem pockets.
The Museum’s gem collection includes more than 1,000 cut gemstones from around the world and specimens from North Carolina. Garnet, morganite, diamond, emerald, ruby, sapphire, hiddenite, stibiotantalite, tourmaline and topaz are just some of the breathtaking gemstones on display.
Climate, Weather and YOU!
Visitors can explore meteorology and climatology through this exhibit. Learn about weather events and patterns in Western North Carolina and the Southeastern United States, and practice giving a weather report on TV at the Colburn.