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Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute

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Amazing Gem and Crystal Colletction

I loved the Gem room. The NASA stuff is ok, not alot of it. Good way to spend the day. The view... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2018
Brevard, North Carolina
A delightful Open House.

Traveled into the beautiful mountains of Rosman and Balsam Grove NC to PARI for a very well planned... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2018
Brevard, North Carolina
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Reviewed 23 July 2018

I loved the Gem room. The NASA stuff is ok, not alot of it. Good way to spend the day. The view is amazing from the observation platforms. The signage could be better, it was definitely hard to find where we needed to go.

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

We recently discover PARI and PARI.edu. We were able to sit and watch in their portable planetarium that they take to schools. Seeing the Digital Satellites was wonderful. Taking the tour was so very interesting and enlightening. They have a lot to cover in the...More

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Reviewed 19 May 2018

Traveled into the beautiful mountains of Rosman and Balsam Grove NC to PARI for a very well planned and informative Open House. We toured the gorgeous cabins, had a great lunch in the new cafeteria, toured the grounds and gazed through high powered telescopes high...More

2  Thank goodsonpg
Reviewed 23 February 2018

Our family traveled 2 days from the northeast specifically to experience the Ecilpse at PARI. As a parent, educator and hard working fundraiser, I can appreciate PARI obviously had to repurpose some areas to accommodate the multitude of visitors, displays and simultaneous presentations. Educators do...More

Thank TeachOurChildrenWell
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

While visiting friends who live outside Brevard NC, they suggested going. We were excited for astronomy displays, kids learning, etc. Terrible experience. Tons of new construction while the main building is horrible. Esthetic they try to pull off is “historic” but the exhibits, ugly yellow...More

Thank Safari756192
Management response:Responded 21 February 2018

Hello, Your opinion certainly matters to us and thank your for your detailed feedback. We are currently under a transition and refocus period at PARI during this first quarter where there are multiple projects and efforts underway to ensure we elevate our visitor and student...More

Reviewed 14 February 2018

Website makes it look like there is a lot to see and do, but there isn’t. It may be worthwhile to go to an organized event but to just go on a self guided tour was disappointing. They have construction going on and the road...More

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Management response:Responded 16 February 2018

Greetings, Thank you for taking time to give feedback on your trip to PARI as your experience is highly important to us. We apologize that the self guided tour did not meet your expectations. We are currently in the middle of a new phase of...More

Reviewed 10 February 2018

From the moment we pulled into the parking lot, I've never felt more welcome at an event than I did at PARI. The volunteers and staff were so friendly and genuinely wanted everyone to enjoy the evening. They were extremely knowledgeable and approachable and went...More

2  Thank thevegetariana
Reviewed 9 January 2018

We self-guided ourselves through the facility, and I think it was a nice little addition to our weekend getaway. Enjoyed the rock/mineral samples and the short hike up to their telescope. Worth the admissions fee!

2  Thank Katherine V
Reviewed 20 December 2017

Possibly the best part of PARI is its ability to stimulate your mind and imagination. During our self-guided tour we were able to explore the visitor center at our own pace. This is a working research facility, not a museum or tourist attraction but there...More

2  Thank jiedne
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

I was in Brevard for a day and stumbled upon this place! I went for a self-guided tour, which can take as much or as little time as you want. It features things like space shuttle components, rare meteor(ite)s, dinosaur eggs, and an art gallery-ish...More

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Andy H
21 July 2017|
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Response from Wade S | Reviewed this property |
Check the internet, there are several other places in the path that have programs or festivals with the eclipse.
18 April 2017|
Response from Elmer G | Reviewed this property |
Call the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute at 828-862-5554 or go to website and they will see about setting up the visit for your grandson.
18 April 2017|
Response from Martha V | Reviewed this property |
PARI is open Wednesday 9am-4pm for self-guided tours. They do have guided tours on Wednesday's, you should call for specific times and availability for those. Call 828-862-5554 for more specific info. It's a neat place to... More