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National Center for Atmospheric Research

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Address: 1850 Table Mesa Dr, P.O. Box 3000, 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
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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Educational visit on a family vacation

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Two Rivers, United States
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Two Rivers, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Had a great time in Boulder and one of the highlights was a tour we took through NOAA. So much information and so many things that are done behind the scenes that we all take for granted on a daily basis. This tour helped make so many things tangible (carbon emissions, climate change etc).

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Lili E F, Manager at National Center for Atmospheric Research, responded to this review

Hi GRO3, Thank you for visiting the Trip Advisor page for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). We would like to clarify that NCAR and NOAA are separate institutions at different addresses. While NCAR is at 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO 80305 and offers public tours at its visitor center, NOAA, which also offers public tours, is at... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Very friendly place with lot of scientific background. Children friendly. I am a meteorologist, so I'm biased, but I oved it.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I really wondered about what NCAR could offer. It's location south Boulder's famous flatirons certainly is impressive. I'd seen the building from a distance at least a hundred times before - but I had never been inside the structure itself. Tapped by a couple of friends to visit the NCAR Museum - museum isn't really a good word for it... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

A good excursion is a hike on the surrounding trails, with a stop at NCAR to visit the small but very interesting museum (not to mention a good bathroom stop). The I.M. Pei building is noteworthy to see, and then go home a watch the film Sleeper, filmed in part here right before the Lab opened.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Very well-curated exhibits explaining the science behind both weather and climate meteorology. Some good interactive activities, though not on a par with a well-established science museum. The I. M. Pei architecture alone is worth a visit.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot. There is so much information and everyone was very nice. Fun for all ages. Definitely make a stop.

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Additional Information about National Center for Atmospheric Research

Address: 1850 Table Mesa Dr, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80305
Phone Number: +1 303-497-1000
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Boulder
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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