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Tour duration is just right.

A well trained tour guide will lead you through the 7 ecosystems within the sealed Biospheres... read more

Reviewed October 8, 2018
tove b
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Seattle, Washington
Fabulous even for us 'non-science' people

You definitely don't need to be a science geek to be blown away by the information provided and the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Advisor191966
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

We visited recently, taking teenage grandchildren. They were very impressed. It was instructional to our three generations of family, and all enjoyed.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

We thought it was fascinating ! We did the paid turn - tour guide did an excellent job explaining and answering questions - understand the history and like any experiments so are successful some fail but seems like U of A with some outside funding will make a go of it again ! I thought it was a must see attraction!

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 28, 2018 via mobile

This is an amazing scientific research facility run by the U of A. The tour not only explains the history of Biosphere 2, but also explains the various grand research projects underway. They include better understanding soil and water flow, and the stressors on the Amazon rain forest. The elementary and middle school kids on our tour seemed to be highly engaged.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 26, 2018

You have to see this place to really appreciate the scope of it: there's a rainforest, ocean, and desert area. It was built in the 1980's to develop and research self-sustaining space-colonization technology. Eight scientists spent 2 years sealed inside the biosphere. It would have been interesting to see more on that: for example, a typical day's meals since they had to farm and harvest everything they ate. There was living quarters of one person to be seen - interesting to contemplate that much time sealed within a 3 acre facility. Highly recommend a guided tour as that allows you to see the entire complex. There is walking and stairs, so wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket as a couple of the indoor exhibits are cold. A small cafe provides reasonably priced snacks and drinks. We spent about 4 hours total here.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

Huge difference in one year. Very dissapointing.
Last year, the tour was all about why it was built, what when on in detail, the participants and their lives throughout the 2 years there. It was so very interesting. This is what it should be now, in my opinion.

Jump to 2018....I would have skipped out on the tour the first 10 minutes but did not want to insult the tour guide and had brought someone with me that had never been there.
Funding and sponsorship must have shifted. Now, it is all about the current stage of the world environment and global warming.

If you want 5-10 minutes of a broad stroked blurb on the history, pay an additional $5.00.

Our guide was not nearly as engaged as last year and certainly not willing to answer questions on the history or participants. He said I would need to pay for the history tour for any questions. I did pay the 5.00!!

Date of experience: March 2018
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