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National Center for Atmospheric Research - NCAR

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Address: 1850 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder, CO 80305-5602
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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Awesome museum

Everyone in our family adored this place. From the interactive displays for the kids to the views and architecture it was jammed pack with information that was fascinating for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
smoonstl
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Everyone in our family adored this place. From the interactive displays for the kids to the views and architecture it was jammed pack with information that was fascinating for anyone. My kids talked for days about touching a cloud! Highly recommended.

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Arlington, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hands on exhibits illustrating weather conditions: wind, clouds, tornados, hurricanes, and solar phenomena. Captivating for children and adults. Also sobering and comprehensive explanation of climate change. Persuasive and unassailable presentation of data demonstrating humankind's role in the progressively destructive impact of global warming. The IM Pei architecture is an impressive example of brutalism contrasting with the mountains and Flatirons in... More 

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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were advised to visit here at a tourist information site and so glad we did, before we left Boulder. First of all the building itself is very impressive and was designed by I.M.Pei. Lovely views from its elevated position too. So many hands on interactive ways of explaining the weather on our planet. Would be great for school trips... More 

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Marlboro, New Jersey, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found NCAR through places to visit in Boulder. I had my 13 year old with me and we had an interesting afternoon. On Wednesdays, there are free tours in the afternoon so it was great to tour with someone from the facility. There is a hiking path behind the building that has interesting tid bits about weather. You can... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, but not a lot to see or do! I expected some more information and exhibits. The videos and hands on displays were interesting.

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Thank Roger Q
Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a really cool stop after we hiked up the Hill there are the park, it was perfect to re group and cool down. They had a tone of things about the past there in Colorado - events that pertained to the weather...very interesting.

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Thank DawnShip
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the centre for USA research on the weather and climate change. The exhibits are hands on, illustrating the powerful forces at work in the atmosphere. The audiovisual presentations are terrific and informative. Be prepared to be challenged in the way you think on climate change! In the basement is the heart of climate modelling, The Yellowstone supercomputer! Latest... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good tour with amazing weather information, all in a world famous structure with a spectacular view.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

We went here, thinking it might be kind of dry but were surprised. We took a tour and Mark was our guide--very enthusiastic, informative and interesting. He answered any and all questions. I am glad we did not write this off and took the time to go here.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

I visited here by bike in June 2016 and although it's a tough, gradual climb, it was worth every pedal. The facility is a work of art and blends in with the beautiful mountains. I saw deer right behind the building and was able to get a couple of great photos with them looking at me. Inside, there are various... More 

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