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Gateway to NOAA


A new permanent exhibit in Silver Spring, Maryland
Open and Free to the Public!


Located just steps from the Silver Spring Metro Station – Red Line, “Gateway to NOAA” is a new, permanent exhibit on NOAA’s Silver Spring, Md. campus highlighting the ways in which NOAA takes the pulse of the planet every day and protects and manages ocean and coastal resources. The exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and is located at 1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Md.

The exhibit features a number of engaging displays:

  • The “NOAA Heritage” section features historic scientific instruments and other tools and artifacts from the agency’s 200-year history.
  • The “Earth Observations” section highlights the ways in which NOAA gathers information about our environment on land, sea, and sky.
  • Do you know the difference between weather and climate? Get the answer in the “Weather and Climate” section, which focuses on NOAA’s role in forecasting the weather and understanding climate processes.
  • In the “Water” section, the public can learn how NOAA supports safe navigation and commerce, explores the deep sea, and manages and protects coastal and ocean resources both locally and across the nation.
  • Go behind the headlines in the “NOAA in the News” section, which features an interactive display through which visitors can explore our ocean world.

If you are interested in requesting a tour or special programming, email us at GatewayToNOAA@noaa.gov

Click here to view a photo gallery of the exhibit.

Click here for directions to NOAA in Silver Spring.

NOAA Heritage Week Contact Information
For the latest information about NOAA Heritage Week events, check preserveamerica.noaa.gov for updates. Questions about NOAA Heritage Week or Gateway to NOAA may be emailed to GatewaytoNOAA@noaa.gov or call 301-713-7671.

NOAA Heritage Week Inclement Weather Policy

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