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Sunspot Visitor Center and Museum

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The National Science Foundation is closing the National Solar Observatory facilities at Sunspot... read more

Reviewed April 28, 2017
Omaha, Nebraska
Science fun

Interesting look at early solar satellites. Great view of White Sands. Fun interactive science... read more

Reviewed March 17, 2017
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Effective January 1, 2018, the Sunspot Astronomy & Visitors Center will be closed until further notice.
3010 Coronal Loop, Sunspot, NM 88349-9700
+1 575-433-7190
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Reviewed September 26, 2017

First time visit and did not know what to expect. We were the only ones there near lunch time on a Monday, except for the museum attendant. I did not actually go into the museum part, which you have to pay admission to, but I...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank GreywolfAbilene
Reviewed July 21, 2017

My husband and I went to the Sunspot National Solar Observatory the visitor center and museum. It is open 9 am to 5 pm. The visitor center has nice restrooms and a small museum. There was not much to see. We spent about 20 minutes...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank M J
Reviewed July 10, 2017

A good self-guided walking tour of the different telescopes of the observatory, however, they cannot be seen from inside. However, its worth while for the scenic views of the White Sands and Alamogordo below.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed May 14, 2017 via mobile

We drove up here from Cloudcroft to check it out. I was here several years ago and it was fascinating getting to walk around inside the observatory. However, this trip we were informed the observatory is only open Monday through Friday. This is a bit...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Honey0310
Reviewed April 28, 2017

The National Science Foundation is closing the National Solar Observatory facilities at Sunspot, scheduled for October. There is work with New Mexico State University, to build a consortium to continue observations at the site for educational use. The NSF and the Forest Service are working...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank omahahays1
Reviewed April 26, 2017 via mobile

It is a long, very beautiful, drive to get to the facility just to find nothing open and no personnel to make inquiries to. I was really excited to visit this facility while I was in the area as I had a relative involved in...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank joeherbig
Reviewed March 27, 2017

Take your time, slow down and enjoy the views. Great walk around the entire site and seeing the telescope

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Rtj_lc
Reviewed March 17, 2017 via mobile

Interesting look at early solar satellites. Great view of White Sands. Fun interactive science center & gift shop. Worth a visit if you're in the area.

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank CaliforniaMarie
Reviewed November 18, 2016 via mobile

The drive from Cloudcroft to Sunspot is magnificent...and if you enjoy astronomy, the visitor center is a great final touch. Make sure to stop at the first vista pullout on the way for the views of the valley below.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank Steve H
Reviewed October 17, 2016

It was a thoroughly spectacular drive up to the observatory. We drove up in a convertible with the top down - the only way to go on four wheels. Although in limited use, the facilities were quite interesting and the view all the way to...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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May 17, 2017|
Response from joeherbig | Reviewed this property |
I would call Sunspot to answer those questions. Not all the equipment is there that used to be there. But there is a visitors center with some informational displays and a gift shop. The phone number is 505-434-7003. The... More