The Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center is an interactive science museum located in North Conway. Visitors are able to explore the science of climate and weather through exhibits, which are interactive, meet observers who live and work at the summit weather station through a live video link that happens twice a day.
The center is made possible by a collaboration between the observatory and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Forecast System Laboratory. The mission of the center is to enhance the community's awareness, understanding and appreciation of the atmosphere, its impact on humans and how atmospheric phenomena are interpreted.
Group tours are welcome at the center with sufficient notice to make arrangement and to be able to provide a tour with activities that can focus on a specific subject and the interest range of the group.
Tours of the center will take around an hour, special activities may add to this hour. The recommended age of visitors would be from 5 and up. Tours are available for school groups, youth groups, church groups and families and to allow them to explore the weather further a staff member can visit the classroom to present more information. Groups are able to visit the summit weather station from May to mid-October.
The center has an Outreach Program that can travel to schools, camps and scout groups located in the Northeast of the country, and beyond, in the Weathermobile, thanks to a grant from Subaru of America. Educators will bring experiments for students to participate in, demonstrations and lessons on understanding weather concepts. The weathermobile can set up a weather station, present slideshows and programs on how the weather affects lives and how to prepare for the weather. Other presentations that the center can provide include highlighting aspects of the area such as the Alpine Flora, Social History and the history of the Observatory.
Another exhibit at the center is the replica of a shack that shakes as 231 mph winds hit the shack along with the sounds as the wind increases. A gift shop is also located at the center with many weather specific items available for purchase.
The Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center is also able to provide programs for teachers to allow them to bring the weather into the classroom. These programs will show teachers how to incorporate weather in the classroom, weather on the web and how to create a classroom observatory.
The center is a private, non-profit educational center that includes a working observatory to measure the unique and extreme weather conditions in Mount Washington. The center has recently moved closer to the center of town and the exhibits are modern, interactive and educational for all ages about the science of meteorology.