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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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Great place to get educated.

NCAR is on top of the MT just out side of town. Easy 10 minute drive and you be checking out the center and then taking off for a hike in the Mt's. The center is very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Joel C
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Burnsville, Minnesota
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Burnsville, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

NCAR is on top of the MT just out side of town. Easy 10 minute drive and you be checking out the center and then taking off for a hike in the Mt's. The center is very informative and interesting. It is a working Science project 24-7. go check it out. If you go for a hike you can get... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We happened by the NCAR by chance as we were looking for a great place to take a picture of the valley and our nav system drove us to this place. We had toured the NOAA facility earlier and found this IM Pei architectural gem in the hills above Boulder. Great exhibits with a lot of information. Wished I had... More 

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Topeka, Kansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

NCAR is a world-leader in research, and their Table Mesa facility also features some excellent exhibits on weather, climate, Sun-Earth connections, and scientific computing. Many exhibits are hands-on and great for kids. They also have a library that is open to the public most days, and tours at specific times. There are several trails around the area and great scenery.

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Gladstone, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great museum, especially for science types. More information than my brain could absorb. Enjoyed the outdoor loop walk with informational signs.

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Rimrock, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a free tour that was interesting and fun for myself and my two grown kids. I loved the interactive exhibits and the nature walk has beautiful views.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 July 17, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

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 July 6, 2016 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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