The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

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Colburn Earth Science Museum

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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  Located in the heart of downtown Asheville , the  Colburn Earth Science Museum is a wonderful place to explore the beauty of crystals, the magnificence of gemstones and the fantastic shapes and colors of minerals from around the world. The museum highlights the treasures that make North Carolina a geologic paradise, and regularly schedules exhibitions covering the full range of gem and mineral related subjects.
    Exhibits include the Hall of Minerals, which features many of the Colburn Earth Science Museum's primary collection of more than 4,500 specimens from around the world;  the Grove Stone Room, whose displays explore the geology of North Carolina and the entire Earth; the History of Mining in North Carolina which chronicles mining activity in North Carolina, including the activities of prehistoric Native Americans, Spanish explorers and 20th-century Western North Carolinians; and the museum's gem collection, which includes over 1,000 cut gemstones from around the world.

Website: Colburn Earth Science Museum
Location:
Asheville NC
Address:  1 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Telephone: 828-254-7162
Hours: All Year: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1:00-5 p.m. Sunday
Fees: Adult, senior, student and child rates
Allow: 1-2 hours
Of Note: Building listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Nearby: Asheville Community Theatre (ACT), Asheville Civic Center, Diana Wortham Theater, YMI Cultural Center, Asheville Art Museum
Directions: From I-240 take exit 5A Merrimon Avenue and follow signs for Highway 25 south for three blocks. Pack Place is located on Pack Square, directly in front of the Vance Monument.


 

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   Located in the heart of downtown Asheville on Pack Square, the Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center is a marvelous combination of science, arts, culture and entertainment all under one roof. This 92,000 square-foot complex boasts museums, performance spaces, courtyards, exhibition and lobby galleries, as well as a permanent exhibit “Here is the Square” which traces the story of Asheville from its earliest days. 

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Pack Place Attractions and Organizations:

Asheville Art Museum

The Asheville Art Museum annually presents an exciting, inviting and active schedule of exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century American art.


The Colburn Earth Science Museum exhibits include the Hall of Minerals which features many of the museum's primary collection of more than 4,500 specimens from around the world and, the museum's gem collection, which includes over 1,000 cut gemstones from around the world.


 

Diana Wortham Theatre

The Diana Wortham Theatre presents live performances of music, theatre and dance throughout the year by nationally touring artists as well as a wide array of performances by professional and  regional arts groups.

The Health Adventure

The Health Adventure, is a health and science museum for children and today's families dedicated to improving health awareness, promoting wellness lifestyles, and increasing science literacy through programs and exhibits.


YMI Cultural CenterThe mission of the YMI Cultural Center is to celebrate African American culture & diversity in the community. The center showcases gallery exhibitions that emphasize diversity in cultural heritage.

 


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Website: Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center
Location:
 
Asheville NC
Address: 2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
Telephone: 828-257-4500
Hours:  10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1:00-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays
Fees: Different fees depending on attraction.
Allow: Four hours to see all exhibits
Of Note: Building listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Nearby:
Basilica of St. Lawrence, Thomas Wolfe Memorial,Asheville Urban Trail, Black Mountain College Mus. + Arts Center, Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa
Directions: From I-240 take exit 5A Merrimon Avenue and follow signs for Highway 25 south for three blocks. Pack Place is located on Pack Square, directly in front of the Vance Monument
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