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Green Bank Observatory

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Address: 155 Observatory, Green Bank, WV 24944
Phone Number:
+1 304-456-2150
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Thu - Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Tour the fascinating world of radio astronomy and see the pioneering...

Tour the fascinating world of radio astronomy and see the pioneering instruments of the 1950's to the world's premier single-dish telescope, the GBT! Entrance to the science center is FREE, includes admission to the exhibit hall. We also feature the Starlight Cafe-nominated as WV's 101 Unique Places to Dine and the Galaxy Gift Shop with out of this world souvenirs and educational items.

Our most popular option is the telescope tour. Featuring science demonstrations and even a bus excursion through our gates into the RFI-restricted Zone I, the hour-long telescope tour takes you up-close to the world's biggest telescopes. The telescope tour is $6/adults, $5/seniors, Free/Kids 10&under, and Free/Veterans, Active Service Members.

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Great Learning experience - multiple radio telescopes, hands on exhibits, special tours

What a great place to visit with kids interested in science or adults who just like to keep learning! The Green Bank National Radio Telescope and Science Center is on 2700 acres... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2016
bridgeport, wv
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bridgeport, wv
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2016

What a great place to visit with kids interested in science or adults who just like to keep learning! The Green Bank National Radio Telescope and Science Center is on 2700 acres in a "National Radio Quiet Zone" (think limited if any cell phone reception) around the eastern WV/VA border surrounded by national forests. This remote location is close to... More 

7 Thank cdaughe
Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2016

Out in the middle of nowhere you come around the bend to gaze upon this HUGE radio telescope! Bus tours of the area, wonderful museum, even has a cafe and a great little museum gift shop. DON NOT MISS THIS GEM!

Thank twstrchk007
Lake Milton, Ohio
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2016

It is free to visit and walk around. There is a tour that had a cost (2015) of adults $6, seniors $5 and children ages 3 to 11 $4. There is limited area for picture taking. There is also in the main visitor center a food concession. Their food is really good and not overly priced. All in all this... More 

2 Thank Nancy M
Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2016

In the middle of nowhere in Green Bank WV is the large Radio Astronomy Telescope. This uses radio waves, so don't plan to look at the night sky. Very interesting place for people of all ages. Learn about Radio Astronomy at the museum, and then enjoy the ride out to see it, maybe you can catch it in action as... More 

1 Thank ThePCGuy
Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 December 2015

Easy to find, just look for the big radio telescopes.Great for both kids and adults. Don't miss the bus tour! If you want pictures bring a film camera, they don't allow digital cameras, or cell phones near the radio telescopes for obvious reasons. They sell disposable film cameras in the shop.

Thank John O
Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2015

The tour and the exhibit were great. Provided lots of information about the site, its history, its funding and the research it does. Our tour guide was Tyler and he was excellent. Very knowledgeable, eager to answer questions and clearly passionate about the observatory and its work. In fact he spoke so much and gave so much information, it was... More 

Thank kosolush
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2015

The bus tour was terrific. If we had had time, I would have walked the whole tour route afterward again to take more time to admire these giant telescopes, especially the Green Bank Telescope. The indoor exhibits and the talk before the bus tour were also fun and informative. (Note: small fee for the bus tour) One thing to remember,... More 

2 Thank VACanary
Banner Elk NC
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

This place is out in the middle of nowhere, for a reason. The scenery, the purpose, the tour, everything is awesome. Even if you know nothing about radio astronomy you will find this place interesting. I loved it and hope to take my grand children back one day.

Thank admepa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

What a great afternoon for kids! The exhibit hall was tons of fun for them. The tour guide made time for the kids in the group and did a couple demonstrations for them. This is a good deal for your money.

Thank kerri c
Hurricane, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 October 2015

When you pull up to the NRAO I promise WOW is the only words you will be able to say. The tour is just so informative, if you don't take the tour you can walk to an observation deck, the inside of the museum is packed with the most phenomenal information about how radio waves are used. The mere size... More 

1 Thank Joanie H

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