View of NCAR Mesa Lab from the parking lot


The U.S. National Science Foundation National Center for Atmospheric Research (NSF NCAR) Mesa Lab sits nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado. NSF NCAR's Mesa Lab Visitor Center, open to the public seven days a week, offers state-of-the-art exhibits, a variety of public tour options, and custom school field trips, all at no charge. Visit us in person!

Plan Your Trip

Before coming up to the NSF NCAR Mesa Lab Visitor Center, make sure you know the building hours, directions, parking, and other basic information. 

Things To Know

Get prepared for your visit to the NSF NCAR Mesa Lab Visitor Center by reviewing what we have to offer onsite.

NSF NCAR Public Tours

Exploring NSF NCAR's Mesa Laboratory and Visitor Center is an enjoyable and educational way to spend some time in the Denver metro area.

School Field Trips to NSF NCAR

A field trip to the NSF NCAR Visitor Center is a fun way for your class, camp, club, or home school groups to learn about weather, the atmosphere, climate, Sun and space weather, and more! 

Visitor Center Self-Guided Tour

Our free app provides the perfect opportunity to explore the NSF NCAR Mesa Lab Visitor Center at your own pace.


The NSF NCAR Mesa Lab Visitor Center is committed to opening its doors to everyone, including those with disabilities and their families and friends. We strive to ensure an inclusive environment that promotes learning and enjoyment for all visitors.

Super Science Saturday

Super Science Saturday is a public science celebration that draws thousands of excited and curious people of all ages to the NSF NCAR Mesa Lab to explore science!

Solar Eclipse Viewing

Join us at the NSF NCAR Mesa Lab for a free Solar Eclipse viewing event with activities for the whole family. 

To view all of our in-person and virtual public events take a look at our Events page.