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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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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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Well-curated

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 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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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The exhibits are slightly interesting, but you come here for hiking and awesome views of the flatirons and the plains. I love this spot, and have been coming here since I was a kid.

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Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I really enjoyed visiting NCAR. The exhibits were mostly interactive, which is always fun. We probably visited for about an hour and half. I think this would be fun for both adults and kids on the geekier side.

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Denver, Colorado
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The National Center for Atmospheric Research is a great place to tour for all age groups. In addition to the free guided educational tour, the scenery getting to the facility which is surrounded by the flatirons is amazing. After your tour you can hike at the nearby trails for more amazing view of the flatirons. Have fun with your tour... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We really enjoyed the tour. The guide was very knowledgeable. We didnt have to make reservations, just showed up and were accommodated. Everyone learned a lot.

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Boulder, Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

First, the drive up to NCAR takes you right to the Flatirons. The drive is gorgeous, and don't get worried, it does take you through a sleepy little Boulder neighborhood too. Second, NCAR does some unbelievable research. Take your time as you walk through the exhibits, which are great for kids. Lots of hands on activities. Be sure to take... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

For a free guided tour, this was great. The place was very clean and well kept. All the stations worked and the tvs were interactive. For a free place to visit I didn't expect the level of interaction. We learned a lot. If you have time, make sure to take some hikes. Lots of food trails around.

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Wow! A guided tour thru this research centre is better than a museum.... and the scenery is spectacular.

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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We took an hour-long tour here, and it gave us lots of information about the sciences related to the atmosphere. If I was in college again, I might consider these sciences as a career. The videos at the end of the hall were all good. The model of the atmospheric layers on the stairway wall was cool (I had no... More 

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