Colburn Earth Science Museum (OOB)

Downtown Asheville

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Sparkling gemstones, minerals & fossils tell Earth's story along with interactive meteorology exhibits & replica mining digs

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Promotional value expires Jan 30, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Must activate membership by 1/30/13, membership expires 1 year from activation date. Valid only for option purchased. New members only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Learning about science in a museum is safer than experiencing it firsthand by accidentally ingesting a science textbook. Embrace science with today’s Groupon to Colburn Earth Science Museum. Choose from the following options:

  • For $17, you get an individual annual membership (a $35 value), which includes the following:
  • Unlimited free admission for one
  • Subscription to Touchstone newsletter
  • 10% discount at Crystal Pocket gift shop
  • Half off admission to WNC Nature Center
  • Additional perks and discounts<p>
  • For $25, you get an annual family membership (a $50 value), which includes the following:
  • All benefits of the individual membership
  • Free admission for two adults and all children younger than 19 years old
  • Free admission to more than 280 science-and-technology centers around the world<p>
  • For $50, you get an annual patron membership (a $100 value), which includes the following:
  • All benefits included in the family membership
  • Free admission to 55 museums in the Southeast<p>

Colburn Earth Science Museum’s sprawling exhibits of minerals, gemstones, and fossils reveal just a glimpse of the earth’s epoch-spanning history and natural resources. Plucked from a collection of more than 4,500 global and local specimens, the hall of minerals includes kyanite, corundum, and itacolumite, bedazzling eyes and imaginations while teaching lessons in phonetics. In the Grove Stone Room, exhibits on plate tectonics reveal the science behind earthquakes, volcanoes, and the formation of western North Carolina’s mountains, and in the fossil collection, more than 500 specimens journey back to the era of mastodons and woolly dentists.

Along with the Colburn’s collections, kids’ night programs (an additional $16 per child for members) and interactive exhibits allow visitors to experience the Earth’s phenomena first-hand. At the Weather, Climate and You experience, budding meteorologists can rehearse their on-air persona as they practice giving a live TV weather report. The History of Mining in North Carolina display includes a replica gem mine loaded with a faux dynamite charge and gem pockets, painting a picture of past diggers’ attempts to retrieve their pet canaries kidnapped by ancient mole-people.

Our customers loved this deal last year, earning Colburn Earth Science Museum a spot on Groupon’s Best of 2011 list.

Colburn Earth Science Museum

Display cases filled with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds are a treat for the eyes at any jeweler's, but at Colburn Earth Science Museum, they dazzle visitors intellectually as well. More than 1,000 cuts from around the world make up the museum's extensive gemstone collection, which guests learn about via a gem-mine replica featuring a faux dynamite charge and gem pockets. The museum's additional exhibits showcase mineral specimens from the museum's collection of more than 4,500, as well as fossil specimens including teeth from a wooly mammoth complete with calcified floss.

Guests can take a more hands-on approach to scientific discovery during the museum's school programs and spring-break camps, which focus on subjects such as fossils, gravity, and space rocks. Voyage deeper into the galaxy during Spaced-Out Saturdays, when a digital spaceship whisks passengers on journeys throughout the solar system. After expeditions, stop by the Museum Gift Shop to pick up your own minerals or crystal-filled, 44-million-year-old geodes that museum staff can crack in half for you during your visit.

Customer Reviews

Kid friendly cute museum, love it
Amanda P. · August 13, 2015
Great deal for those folks with families and children. The benefits and savings are substantial.
Karen B. · July 13, 2015
The museum was very interesting, and the staff was very welcoming.
Joy M. · January 1, 2014

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