Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, North Conway

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Observatory · Museum
The location of the highest recorded winds on Earth, Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center can either treat you to extreme weather or outstanding views of the surrounding White Mountains. On a guided tour of the working observatory, learn how meteorologists measure the weather conditions on Mount Washington and then step outside to feel the winds for yourself. Check the forecast before you visit because strong storms occur frequently. Even if the weather is calm and you visit in summer, make sure you dress warmly because temperatures can remain low at the top of 1,916 m (6,288 ft) Mount Washington. Before you head to North Conway, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly North Conway road trip planner, to make sure you see all that North Conway has to offer, including Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center.
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  • I left a review on the drive up, under the Mt. Washington Auto Road. I’ll just talk about the Observatory/Visitor Center in this review. The Visitor Center has a ranger information station...  more »
  • We arrived to find cloudy weather. However the weather cleared out and we were told our trip up the cog railway was one of 6 days a year with clear sunny days at the top at the observatory. Great...  more »
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  • Nice little museum with reasonable entry fee. This seems a companion museum to the one on top of Mount Washington, which I also visited, but has different exhibits and is focused on weather. My group of three adults spent about 90 min there. Note there is a 10 min movie about weather that doesn't seem to run an a regular schedule, but you just have to ask to see it. Don't miss the interactive exhibit where you and at least two others work together to sail a small boat into a dock using a combination of 18 small fans. (This is a physical interactive with real water and real fans not a computer simulation.) I'm not exactly sure how it fits in with the theme of the museum, but is original and quite fun if you have the time and attention span. Also, the gift shop was nice and had a nice variety of stuff.
  • We drove very far for this one. If you're in the area it's a cute, fairly quick museum with a hand full of exhibits and a gift shop. It's in an awesome location and it's quiet. We drove very far for it but if I knew the size of the museum I would only stop in if I was in the area for something else. Having said that, it's extremely affordable. $2 for adults and $1 for children. The wind gun exhibit was cool and we spent a lot of time at an exhibit that parks a little boat by wind.

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