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National Center for Atmospheric Research

Address: 1850 Table Mesa Dr, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80305
Phone Number: +1 303-497-1000
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Ranked #19 of 119 things to do in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science museums, Museums
Owner description: Explore hands-on exhibits about weather, climate, the Sun, the atmosphere, and art-science...
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Type: Science museums, Museums
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Explore hands-on exhibits about weather, climate, the Sun, the atmosphere, and art-science connections in this famous I.M. Pei-designed building. Other options: a wheelchair-accessible outdoor weather trail, guided tours for the public at noon on Monday/Wednesday/Friday except holidays, and a Guide-By-Cell audio tour (using your phone). Free admission, open 363 days a year. Hours: M-F 8am-5pm; Weekends & holidays 9am-4pm. Visit our website for information about your visit, including organized group tours and to find out about our two annual maintenance closure dates.

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Langley City, Canada
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281 reviews 281 reviews
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179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I knew nothing about NCAR before visiting but I learned SO much from visiting here. The exhibts are really educational and interactive and our free 1 hour tour was excellent. Our guide knew so much and learned a lot about what kind of research was being done and what was important in the area of meteorology.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I had always wanted to visit this place. I took several people with me and we really learned a lot. The tour was very interesting

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Boulder, Colorado
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

If you want to know more about the weather, this is the place to go. I'd lived in Boulder for awhile and didn't realize it was here until some friends were visiting. I'm glad they suggested it. There are several exhibits that show you how things like tornadoes and hurricanes are formed. I found them very interesting. It's not a... More 

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Devon
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Having had a conducted tour of the Met. office in Exeter I was expecting a similar experience. Far from it. Both have their exhibition areas, and Exeter a stunning reference library, but America's equivalent was an really enjoyable day out. The building itself is a wonderful example of architecture blending into the landscape. The exhibition areas, open to the public... More 

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Rockwall, Texas
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53 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I am not a big science or weather enthusiast, but have been intrigued by this huge building that sits overlooking Boulder. We drove up on a Sunday morning (it opens at 9 a.m.) and had a wonderful visit! The drive up was quite scenic and the building itself is unique (designed by I.M. Pei). There are walking and biking trails... More 

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Boulder, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Visiting NCAR is an easy, fun, (and free) way to spend an hour (or less if you're in a hurry). Hopefully you can spend some time hiking the many trails around the facility also. We visited the exhibits several times when our kids were from ~7-12 years old.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Strongly recommended (but I am biased.) Fascinating exhibits and explanations of the weather, the atmosphere and the influence of the sun on our planet. Some explanations are so new that they are still being developed. Multi-colored computer simulations (using high powered computers in the basement) give instructive realizations. Among the many new things I learned was the existence of "sprites"... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

If you’ve arrived in Boulder via Highway 36 and seen the sand colored stone towers midway up the Flatirons, you’ve seen the National Center for Atmospheric Research, NCAR. When the CU Parent Weekend bus to visit was full, we learned that you can drive up and visit on your own—it’s only a few minutes away. The website provides driving directions,... More 

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Horsham, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Our visit to NCAR was one of the highlights of Family Weekend at CU. The tour guide was knowledgeable about the architecture of the building, as well as the science carried out there. He presented the information in an engaging and lively manner. I can't wait to go hiking in the surrounding mesa.

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Liege
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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

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