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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to the museum?
Where should I park?
When is AMOS open? How much is admission?
Can I leave and come back later in the day after paying admission?
Is AMOS primarily for children?
May I take photographs inside the museum?
Do you have WiFi?
Is AMOS accessible to visitors with disabilities?
Are animals allowed in the museum?
Are food and drinks allowed in the museum?
How large is AMOS?
Is there a space to store coats, bags, and strollers?
When is the museum store open?
Who do I speak to concerning monetary donations to the museum?
I have an object I’d like to donate to AMOS. May I drop it off for review?
Can AMOS help with identification or other questions about a fossil, rock, or mineral that I have found?

How do I get to the museum?

AMOS is located in the heart of Downtown Asheville at 43 Patton Avenue between Biltmore and South Lexington Avenues, near Pritchard Park and several other Asheville attractions. If you are arriving by public transit, the nearest bus station is College Street at Haywood Street (Stop ID 973) served by the 170, E1, E2, N1, and N2 routes. The nearest Gray Line Historic Trolley Tour stop is the Haywood Park Hotel (Stop 5) at 1 Battery Park Avenue.

Where should I park?

AMOS does not have a parking lot, and we are unable to validate parking.

For Downtown Asheville Parking information visit

Asheville Parking Services

Buncombe County Parking Services

When is AMOS open? How much is admission?

Please visit our Hours and Admission page. Museum hours are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information in the event of holidays or extreme weather events, give us a call at 828-254-7162, or visit our social media accounts. AMOS is closed on the following annual holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Can I leave and come back later in the day after paying admission?

Yes, you may! Please retain a copy of your receipt or get your hand stamped on the way out for all-day readmission.

Is AMOS primarily for children?

Many of our exhibitions are ideal for ages 3-8, but we also have plenty to appeal to perpetually curious science enthusiasts of all ages, and we’re continually adding new exhibits. We especially recommend the Colburn Hall of Minerals and our Panorama Screen for Planetary Exploration for more advanced learners. Check out our Exhibits page to see more about what to expect from your visit. We also have several after-hours events for adults only. Visit our For Adults page to learn about these, and our Calendar to find the next one coming up!

May I take photographs inside the museum?

Absolutely! Photography of our collections and exhibitions for personal use is encouraged. We would love to see your photos, too, so feel free to tag us on any of our social media channels! Please be advised that photography and videography should not disrupt the movement or experiences of other guests.

Do you have WiFi?

Of course! Ask a staff member how to connect to our guest network.

Is AMOS accessible to visitors with disabilities?

AMOS fully complies with all ADA requirements for visitors with disabilities. In addition, wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis upon request for elderly and disabled visitors.

Are animals allowed in the museum?

Service dogs are welcome at AMOS if providing assistance to individuals with disabilities and under the control of their handler at all times during their visit.

Are food and drinks allowed in the museum?

Water is fine, but other food and drinks are not permitted within AMOS beyond the front desk. Please finish all food and drink in the lobby prior to entering. Containers of baby food, formula, breast milk, and juice for infants or toddlers are permitted in reasonable quantities.

How large is AMOS?

We are fairly small but still growing! Right now, AMOS encompasses one floor, with three main exhibit and activities spaces: The Colburn Hall of Minerals, our hands-on exhibit gallery, and our STEM lab where the activities are new and different each day. Most people spend 1-2 hours exploring our space.

Is there a space to store coats, bags, and strollers?

AMOS has limited space in public areas of the museum to hang coats, but we do not have a private coat check or storage area for personal belongings. Strollers and bags may be left near the front desk at the discretion of the staff. Please be aware that space is limited and not guaranteed.

When is the museum store open?

Store hours are the same as museum hours. Please refer to our Hours and Admission page. No admission fee is required to enter the store, which is located just inside the main entrance past the admissions desk. Check out our Museum Gift Shop page to see what to expect!

Who do I speak to concerning monetary donations to the museum?

AMOS is a private nonprofit institution that relies on a variety of funding sources for its programs and exhibitions, so monetary donations are appreciated! If you are interested in becoming an individual or corporate donor, visit the Support Us page, donate directly with PayPal Giving Fund, or reach out to us at info@ashevillescience.org. Donations are fully tax-deductible.

I have an object I’d like to donate to AMOS. May I drop it off for review?

Front desk staff cannot accept any items to be considered for acquisition. We are not currently actively seeking additions to our rock and mineral collection, but donations may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Collections may also be considered for temporary exhibition in our Community Exhibit Space. Please reach out to info@ashevillescience.org to discuss any potential donations or loans.

Can AMOS help with identification or other questions about a fossil, rock, or mineral that I have found?

Although we are science enthusiasts, members of our museum staff do not have the training to answer questions definitively regarding the identification or value of any fossil, rock, or mineral. In some cases, rocks and minerals can’t be reliably identified by look and feel alone, and may require scientific tests to confirm their chemical composition. The following reputable organizations are able to help people with identification questions and/or run tests: