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Green Bank Observatory

155 Observatory, Green Bank, WV 24944
+1 304-456-2150
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So much to see here!

This is a fabulous place that deserves big crowds. However, its out-of-the-way location makes it a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Columbus, Ohio
Interesting Area to Observe

I have known about the Green Bank Observatory for a long time. This is the dark area you might see... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kim O
Newcomerstown, Ohio
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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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  • Average5%
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“quiet zone” (22 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
155 Observatory, Green Bank, WV 24944
+1 304-456-2150
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fabulous place that deserves big crowds. However, its out-of-the-way location makes it a destination you have to intend to visit, since it’s not really on the way to anyplace else! And that’s deliberate, since the location was chosen to guarantee a certain...More

Thank Hamelia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have known about the Green Bank Observatory for a long time. This is the dark area you might see if you ever view where cell phone coverage is. There is a ten mile radio free zone around the Green Bank Observatory, where they are...More

Thank Kim O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Though it is quite a long way from the highways, and deep in a radio quiet zone (no cell service, no broadcat signals), the Green Bank Observatory is a fantastic visit for science and astronomy fans. The enormous Robert C Byrd 100-meter telescope is striking,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

And see first hand the enormous GBT. There's a cafe on site, as well as restrooms and gift shop. Don't miss the interactive exhibit. The tour is inexpensive and the trip would be incomplete without it. Having said that, our tour guide was not equipped...More

Thank John K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place if you're into astronomy or are passing through the area. It's truly in the middle of nowhere so it might not be worth the trip otherwise. The exhibit is small, but interesting and informative. Kids might like it. The tour is $6 and...More

1  Thank deco14
Sherry M, Public Outreach Manager at Green Bank Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your feedback. We do make every effort to inform our guests about the no-electronic-use-near-the-telescopes policy. I apologize that we dropped the ball in this case. We do strive to be a family-friendly educational center where we can offer an informative,...More

Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Grandparents with two boys in tow, ages 4 and 8, we were looking for something to do before riding the Durban Rocket. This turned out to be a great stop for us. The gift shops was very nice. They thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition room. The...More

1  Thank George S
Reviewed 30 May 2017

We had a wonderful Memorial Day visit to the NRAO Greenbank Observatory. Easy to find, and only 2 1/2 hours from Morgantown, we picked a perfect day (weather wise) to visit. We did not make reservations (I'm unsure if they even take reservations, unless you...More

2  Thank WVParkfan
Reviewed 18 May 2017

The Radio Telescope at Green Bank is both a world class science installation as well as an excellent learning opportunity for all ages. Included in the main science building is an outstanding room of hands-on exhibits that really bring an understanding to the concept of...More

Thank jjones7777
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Before the tour, my husband and I went through the exhibit room. There were hands-on activities that held our interest. Then, we took the tour. The video, bus ride, along with an excellent explanation by the tour guide answered many questions. Following the tour, we...More

Thank Sue N
Reviewed 5 May 2017

The Green Bank Observatory is, well, unique. It's the largest steerable radio telescope in the world, a bland fact that you can't appreciate until you see this massive construction up close. It is beyond huge. And it moves. Very impressive to watch. The entire facility...More

Thank Weary Travellery
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George S
13 May 2017|
Response from Mike B | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you need to make reservations for the tour, which follows a short video in the theater. The museum has many interesting hands-on exhibits. You may find yourselves wishing for more time in order to enjoy all the... More
Nishchala K
27 April 2017|
Response from Sherry M | Property representative |
Hi Nish, A half day visit would be perfect. Right now, our tours are offered at 11am, 1pm and 3pm everyday except Tuesday and Wednesday. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, tours are offered every day at the top of the hour from... More
22 January 2017|
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Response from Sherry M | Property representative |
Hi! Entrance to the science center and exhibit hall is free. If you choose to do a tour, tickets are $6/adults, $5/seniors and free for kids 10 & under and Veterans/Active Service Members. In total, the tour takes about an... More