NCAR Public Tours

NCAR Public Tours

NCAR's Mesa Lab in Boulder, CO

Exploring NCAR's Mesa Laboratory and Visitor Center is a fun and educational way to spend some time in the Denver metro area. The NCAR Visitor Center is open 363 days each year. Our Visitor Program staff are on-site to answer your questions and assist you, Monday through Friday during business hours.

Noon Tours
Available MWF from 12:00 – 1:00 pm*
Meet up with our tour guides in the lobby to learn about atmospheric science and current research being conducted at NCAR. No reservations are necessary and the tour is free.
* Please note: Guided, MWF Noon Tours will not be offered on the following NCAR holidays: (2018) September 3, November 23, December 24; (2019) January 21, February 18, May 27, September 2, November 29, and December 25.

NCAR Tablet Tours
Available weekdays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Visitor Center offers a free tablet tour containing audio, videos, and a wealth of content about NCAR. Each tablet includes both adult and child versions of the tour. Check out a tablet at the NCAR Mesa Lab Front Desk.

Explore On Your Own
Weekdays from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, weekends and holidays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Visitors are welcome to enjoy the exhibits and conduct their own self-guided exploration any time during public hours. Download a map of our exhibits or borrow one on-site to help you navigate through the Visitor Center. We recommend starting in the NCAR theater, just past the Weather Gallery, to watch Air, Planet, People. Don't forget to check out the scenic Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail located behind the Mesa Lab!

Group Tours
Please arrange with the School and Public Programs Office by email or phone (303.497.2401
Private group tours are offered for 10 or more individuals. Note: group tours and field trips fill up on a first come, first served basis. If possible, try to book your group tour six to eight months in advance.

Field Trips
Please arrange with the School and Public Programs Office by email or phone (303.497.2401
Groups with children should review our Field Trip Web page before they contact the School and Public Programs Office to schedule their visit.

Open weekdays from 8:00 – 9:30 am (breakfast) and 11:30 am – 1:30 pm (lunch)
Enjoy breakfast or lunch before or after your tour in NCAR's cafeteria. Weekly menus and pricing information are posted online. 

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