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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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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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I worked at NCAR for many years. The educational tours are very good and the tour guide is so knowledgeable. The building was designed by I.M. Pei, the famous architect. How he... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Dianne B
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Louisville, Colorado
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Louisville, Colorado
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I worked at NCAR for many years. The educational tours are very good and the tour guide is so knowledgeable. The building was designed by I.M. Pei, the famous architect. How he used the natural stone surrounding the area and making the building fade into the environment is amazing. They do so much to educate school children and adults alike.... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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107 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Free admission to visit. Had some interesting exhibits. Went here with our young son, probably spent about an hour here.

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Thank Lindsay F
Boulder, Colorado
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

NCAR is a very cool building nestled atop a hill right on the edge of the mountains for starters. We took my girlfriend's 2 boys (age 6 & 8) and they had a great time messing with the hands on exhibits. I wouldn't expect to spend more than an hour inside, but it is certainly possible to do so. We... More 

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Thank hellowhoisthis
Fort Collins, Colorado
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421 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We enjoyed our weekday visit to this fascinating location tucked in the foothills on the West side of Boulder. It is almost worth driving up there just for the experience and views. Inside we enjoyed our self-guided tour of the modest displays about earth science and weather. There were a number of interactive exhibits - but we had to fight... More 

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Thank ROCtraveler30
Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

I consider myself fairy knowledgeable about science and the atmosphere, but I was knocked out by the displays. My favorite was the tornado simulator; you can put your hand it the column and disrupt the flow. A brilliant display on climate change. If you are interested in computers, the display on the development of super computers is notable.

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1 Thank John N
Plymouth, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

Fairly interactive and very educational. Good place to take kids and adults as well. The grounds are beautiful and natural.

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Thank Joy A
Overland Park, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The displays set up in the Center are easy to read and enjoyable for the whole family. The setting is up in the hills and it is very calm and peaceful there. Enjoyed walking on the trails there - they are well marked and easy to navigate for families.

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Thank Maureen P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

I took my kids on this your last week! The your guide was amazing with putting everything in a way that children can understand! There is also a lot of hands on learning experiences!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

Was a cool place to visit had some free time before a meeting and saw this place along the way kinda. Wilm have to bring the kids sometime when we come out here this winter.

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Thank Tom H
Jensen Beach, Florida
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Nice museum/science center with fun interactive exhibits for the kids and adults alike. Easy parking and access. Nice hiking on the hill as well with science trail to continue the learning.

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