An Asheville institution for more than 50 years, Colburn Earth Science Museum houses an extraordinary gem and mineral collection which has garnered world-wide acclaim. Gems and minerals from across the globe are featured along with impressive exhibits of North Carolina's rich gem and mineral resources and mining history, meteorology, and climate change, fossils, plate tectonics, and more. Intentionally affordable stones and minerals, fossils, and jewelry are available in the gift shop. Child-friendly atmosphere. Groups welcome.