My parents visited the Biosphere 4 years ago and were blown away by the discovery of learning about the 8 people who lived there for 2 years. So naturally my husband and I were looking forward to the experience as well (I even read the book about it). I didn't think anything of it when I noticed "New Tours!" on the brochure. We got there, bought tickets for the tour and were directed to a building to watch an intro movie. The movie started and I honestly thought I was in the wrong building. The movie was almost entirely about some new initiative the U of A is working on at the Biosphere and almost nothing about the the 8 crew members who lived there. Thankfully the tour guide who led us around did share a little about them, but hands down it was mostly about the U of A's current research going on there. Probably interesting for the scientists out there, but for the typical tourist it was quite boring. The tour ended and our guide quickly muttered off a laundry list of directions to view the living quarters the original crew lived in. We managed to find it (with no signs posted?) and we were the only ones there. It was the highlight of our time there and it wasn't even included on the tour! So, so sad that the University of Arizona is neglecting the original intent for the project and pushing their current research. Never plan to return.
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