CESM is part of Pack Place in Downtown Asheville, NC

The Colburn Earth Science Museum is 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.

The Colburn is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.Admission is:· $6 for adults 18-59· $5 for students, children 7-17 and adults 60 and older.  Children younger than 6 are admitted free.

The Colburn is on level one of Pack Place and is accessible to people using wheelchairs. Pack Place has elevators that connect the facility’s two public floors and accessible restrooms.

Affordable, fun educational items, including mineral specimens, books and jewelry, are for sale at the Colburn’s Crystal Pocket gift shop. The Colburn also sells crystal-filled, 44-million-year-old geodes from Chihuahua, Mexico, which the Colburn team can crack in half for you during your visit.

The Colburn is a member of the  Association of Science-Technology Centers and participates in the ASTC’s Passport Program.

The Colburn offers annual memberships, which include free admission to the museum.The Colburn facilitates more than 10,000 educational experiences a year with school children through classes and after-school clubs.

So we can better serve your needs, please contact the Colburn prior to your visit if you are bringing a group of children or adults.

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.

We regret that neither the Colburn nor Pack Place can validate parking garage tickets.To make your visit more enjoyable, please note that:

  • Guide-service dogs are the only animals guests may bring into the Colburn.
  • No locker facilities are available at the Colburn or Pack Place.
  • Eating and drinking is not permitted in the Colburn.
  • We encourage visitors to refrain from cell phone usage inside the Colburn.


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