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“The research is out of this world”

National Center for Atmospheric Research - NCAR
Ranked #8 of 148 things to do in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 10, 2013

There are a lot of hands-on exhibits that both the young and old will enjoy playing with. We had a short guided tour before we were let loose to enjoy at our own pace. The amount of research that takes place is mind boggling.

Thank Deb W
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

An arrival time between 10 and 11 in the morning allows for time to see and play with the exhibits before the noon tour. Bring your hardest questions because your tour guide, most likely, has a PhD. After the tour you can get lunch at the same cafeteria the staff eats at. The food is good but the view is terrific! Oh yes the building was designed by architect I.M. Pey , and that's worth the drive from Denver all by itself.

Thank H S
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

A fascinating place. I took my grandsons (10 and 8). They loved the hands-on exhibits (wind, volcanos, hurricanes, etc). The self-guided tour mechanism was, I thought, poor. I would find out when the guided tours take place and do that.

1  Thank readspeak
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

This place is amazing. They give free tours of the building on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon, but they’re open every day and you can take a tablet or cell phone tour anytime. They’re all about education and they make learning fun for children and adults. The tour is only 45 minutes and it barely skims the surface. They give you an overview of what’s in the building and you could easily spend the rest of the day exploring and playing. We liked the cloud machine, the chance to touch a tornado, the chance to create a thunderstorm and the supercomputer movie. We loved the charts and photos on the walls. You see an orientation film as the first part of your tour, but there are two more movies to watch if you’d like. We watched the one on the supercomputer.
What’s outside the building is almost as interesting. They have miles of trails both short and long. And the building was designed by I. M. Pei one of the worlds leading architects. It’s one of his favorite designs. He got the inspiration by spending a lot of time at Mesa Verde National Park. If you’ve been there you’ll likely recognize the inspiration.
No reservations are required for the guided tour unless you’re in a group. Be sure to bring you camera and your fun and inquisitive spirit. You’ll love this place.

1  Thank artandroxanne
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We have been to NCAR twice when visiting relatives in Boulder. The building itself is beautiful, the views from it are amazing. There is a self-guided tour of all things weather, very interesting. There is also a little trail behind NCAR which has wonderful views of the area. It is a great place to visit. Did I mention it is all free?

Thank PLnj2013
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