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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 #14 of 60 Attractions in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Liege
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Very good exhibits about climate change. Interesting architecture. Beautifully located at the foot of the iron flats.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The center is up on a very high elevation and the view is outstanding, The building has a most interesting architecture design and is very impressive. Try to see this during the week and make the free 12 noon 1 hour guided tour with one of the scientists- most educational! After the guided tour you are free to go back... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Great combination. A little science at NCAR and a choice of different levels and distances hikes. The view is a big plus.

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Austin, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We did a guided tour, but not sure that's really necessary. The exhibits are quite self-explanatory. The architecture of the building (looked futuristic enough in the 1970s that Woody Allen used it as a location in the movie "Sleeper") is one of the chief attractions. The accessible trail behind the building has a nice view of the Flatirons and overlooks... More

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Pensacola
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

First of all, I have to say that my kids were none too excited about our plans to visit NCAR. Their opinions quickly changed though after the picturesque ride to the facility and walking in the front door seeing the myriad of awesome interactive stations about various weather aspects. We went early--no crowds. Did the self-guided tour with the brochure... More

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Centennial, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Visited last summer with my husband, college aged daughter and our 18 year old developmentally disabled son who was in a wheelchair. Handicap access is VERY confusing (it was a weekend, not great weather, and it was practically deserted). The extremely rude, bitter security type woman working the desk made incredibly nasty comments to us when we were fumbling our... More

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Arlington, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Wife and I came here to check out NCAR and hike their little onsite trail. NCAR is really neat, but we didn't allow nearly enough time. There's a fair amount of reading and a few interactive stations that take a little time. They also have a supercomputer downstairs, but we didn't find that particularly interesting. Don't forget to check out... More

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I took my children ages 16-20 to NCAR. The drive up is spectacular as is the architecture of the building, which was by I.M. Pei who also designed the Pyramid at the Louvre in Paris! Once inside there are lots of "do it yourself" exhibits which were nice. We arrived a bit late in the day, so a guided tour... More

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Elgin, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We went on a Sunday and there were no tours available and you could just walk around and look at displays. There was a cell phone tour but that is not easy to do. Table tours are also available just on weekdays. From the comments below the guided tours are great and very informative. But for us it was not... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I went with my son's class as part of a school field trip. I think I enjoyed it as much or more than the kids! The tour guides were wonderful, with interesting anecdotes and facts that kept the information transfer animated. There are great interactive exhibits that are fun for kids and adults alike.

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