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National Center for Atmospheric Research

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Address: 1850 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder, CO 80305
Phone Number: +1 303-497-1000
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Description: Explore hands-on exhibits about weather, climate, the Sun, the atmosphere...
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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This is a free attraction with great weather and atmospheric exhibits for all. I'd try to get there for the tour. It really enriches the experience, but there's plenty to poke... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This is a free attraction with great weather and atmospheric exhibits for all. I'd try to get there for the tour. It really enriches the experience, but there's plenty to poke around and find on your own too. The building was designed by I,M.Pei and has its own interesting history. There's a trail in back that's pretty hot in the... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

A few minutes up the road in the foothills of the mountains overlooking Boulder you will find this building designed by I.M.Pei. It is the same building that was scaled by Woody Allen in his movie "Sleeper." Inside this free museum learn all about extreme weather, protecting coral reefs and space, through hands on and computerized film and games. In... More 

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Mount Sinai, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Sitting well above the line of development, the buildings have a color and architecture that cause them to blend into the mountains and contribute to the beauty of the area. The daily 12 o'clock tour leaves a lot to be desired as it covers only the reception area and not the 95% of the buildings where the mission of the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This exhibit has changed a bit since they opened. They no longer ask you to sign in and it's a lot more well-developed. The first floor has hands-on exhibits and the first two floors have placards describing atmospheric science. On the second floor closer to the mountains you can see an exhibit about IMPei, architect who designed the building, as... More 

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Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Well worth a visit. Firstly I didn't do my research and happened to arrive at the end of the daily guided tour - it was great so try to coincide with that, at time of writing it was daily between 12 and 1pm. The displays are excellent and informative and focus on the science of weather and climate. This includes... More 

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Maraval, Trinidad
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Went to the N C A R on the way back from doing the Mesa hiking trail. Great car park. Good displays and lots of information about the weather. No attendants or guides on hand (Sunday restaurant closed) still an interesting place to visit for 30 minutes and no entry fee to pay!

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Two Rivers, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

If you are looking for something free to do, its worth going. The drive up is beautiful as it sits on a mesa. Has some good interactive exhibits, and was cool to learn about how they study weather. However, also agree with other reviews that they are a bit heavy on climate change.

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Camino, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The title says it all. The location is fantastic. I wish I had more time to go out back and hike around the Flatirons. The center itself didn't have a ton of stuff but it did have a few nice interactive exhibits. The amount of climate change propaganda there was nauseating. Al Gore would be proud, but the scientific method... More 

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Longmont CO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Perched high above the city of Boulder Colorado, NCAR is accessible from the intersection of South Broadway and Table Mesa Road. Wildlife can be viewed many times from your vehicle as you drive or bike the steep winding road leading up to the facility. Parking is ample for workers and visitors alike at this facility. Once inside there are rotating... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a great place to take a family. So much interesting science along with drop dead views of the plains. Boulder is a city where the plains meet the mountains and this view is a perfect example of being on the Mountain and being able to see the Plains for miles and miles on a clear day.

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