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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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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Very informative!

This research center was very friendly and knowledgeable about all things relating to weather. This would be a great family or educational family trip.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Amy C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This research center was very friendly and knowledgeable about all things relating to weather. This would be a great family or educational family trip.

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Thank Amy C
Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some of the most beautiful hiking trails are behind NCAR and I strongly recommend it. I have lived in Boulder since 1980.

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Thank mattm01
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is in a really interesting building designed by I.M. Pei. It is a bit out of the way from downtown Boulder, but the drive up to the building is quite scenic. There are a few exhibits inside that my kids (aged 10 and 7) enjoyed, including a short film about the way that scientists study ice cores which... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of interesting small exhibits for science nerds. It's not a large facility, so you don't need to spend much time there. I'd recommend stopping in to look around, and then hiking up into the mountains from the NCAR trailhead.

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Thank Sarah W
Key Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very awesome museum if you like science and weather. My professor worked here and he told me to go and visit. It wasn't busy so I could take my time and go around as slow as I wanted. After we went through and read everything we went on a short hike behind the building. Beautiful trail and view of flat... More 

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Burnsville, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 August 14, 2016

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 August 10, 2016

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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Thank Brian T
Gladstone, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

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 July 31, 2016

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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