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National Center for Atmospheric Research

1850 Table Mesa Dr, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80305
+1 303-497-1000
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Ranked #12 of 59 attractions in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Science Museums
Owner description: Free exhibits: new Weather Gallery conveys the power of blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, wind and more. Explore the beauty of rainbows,... more » Owner description: Free exhibits: new Weather Gallery conveys the power of blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, wind and more. Explore the beauty of rainbows, the power and complexity of the Sun, and the history of Earth's climate. Famous I.M. Pei-designed building. Wheelchair-accessible outdoor weather trail. Guided noon-time tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, except holidays. Guide-By-Cell tours any time, so bring your mobile phone. Open 363 days a year. Hours: M-F 8am to 5pm; Weekends & holidays 9am to 4pm See our website for organized group tours and NCAR's 2 annual closure dates. « less
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Loveland, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The center is filled with interactive and informative displays. Take a sandwich and plan a hike after the tour of the facility. Building is designed by Pei and is nestled next to the foothills providing a panoramic view of Boulder.

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Portland, Oregon
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) was a star in Woody Allen's "Sleeper." Designed by the great architect I.M. Pei, NCAR recently celebrated it's 50th birthday. It is a breathtaking piece of work, planted at the top of a mesa. Just walking around the building is a treat.

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Boulder, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

One of this country's best center for science and research with several Noble prize winners in residence. Lucky if you can find a tour to see this great place

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Grand Cayman
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241 reviews 241 reviews
66 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

What you see on TV or even in documentaries pales in comparison to the real thing. The place is busting with exciting research happening in real time. I challenge anyone not to come away completely blown away by what they see.

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Tamworth, Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

The centre in its magnificent building is worth a visit on its own, and would be a great place to bring the kids. Even us big kids enjoyed the interactive exhibits, the centre's history and the story of its Cray computers. Combined with a picturesque location and great hiking trails, I wish we had allowed more time to do it... More

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Long Island City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Our kids and we enjoyed the hands on exhibits. Also enjoyed the photo exhibit upstairs, and the short films. Nice grounds to walk around, too.

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

We visited this beautiful area on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately the Atmospheric Research center was closed that day but we came for the hiking. This is a great place to hike with beautiful views of the area. We hadn't worn our hiking boots and ran into a bit of mud from the previous night's snow but it was no... More

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Kent, Washington
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Hands-on exhibits fascinate people of all ages! And the noon tour is well worth the time spent. The trails were closed due to the flood damage so I can't say anything about them except that it was certainly inviting to look out back!

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Toowoomba, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Not usually my first choice of attractions to visit, I found the centre very educational and hands on. Would be great for adults or a short visit by children probably over the age of ten.

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Apex, North Carolina
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The educational displays were good, and the kids really had fun with some of them. The lecture/tour was nice, but our young elementary age kids were bored by it. Oh, well. The building is in a great location, overlooking Boulder, with cool architecture.

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