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Green Bank Observatory

155 Observatory, Green Bank, WV 24944
+1 304-456-2150
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Very interesting scientific location.

I don't really know much about star gazing or listening for messages from ET but this place is... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kevin M
Something to do on a rainy day

Our tour guide was very informative, pleasant, and held our attention with entertaining stories... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Julie L
Concord, Ohio, United States
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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. Admission to the Exhibit Hall, Cafe and Gift Shop is FREE. The telescope tour is $6/adults, $5/seniors, Free/Kids 10&under, and Free/Veterans, Active Service Members.
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155 Observatory, Green Bank, WV 24944
+1 304-456-2150
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I don't really know much about star gazing or listening for messages from ET but this place is really interesting. The Green Bank Observatory has a mega monster radio telescope that is aimed into deep space listening for any sound or signal from life elsewhere....More

Thank Kevin M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour guide was very informative, pleasant, and held our attention with entertaining stories. The tour itself was OK, drove around as we got info on the various telescopes. I had hoped to get a look inside one but the 'regular' tour doesn't include that....More

Thank Julie L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited a few days ago. It was raining so it was a good day. We had a lovely tour. Our guide gave us a short movie about the center and then showed us some interesting things that effect the telescopes. Then we boarded a...More

Thank travelbug19902016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was wonderful. It clearly needs more funding as the exhibit hall was a bit run down, but my three year old certainly did not notice. The star lab tour offered on Sundays was great.

Thank Jacqueline K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very educational and interesting. Worth making the drive to see at least once in a lifetime. $6 per adult is a steal for a 1 hour tour which includes a bus tour of all the radio telescopes on the grounds in off limits areas. Highly...More

1  Thank Natalee B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our stop here. They did a good job explaining their purpose. I was amused by the alien references. It is unbelievable to see how big the devices actually are. Would be a great tour for middle school on up.

Thank Leigh Ann O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During my West Virginia vacation, I was hoping to visit here but was unaware how close it was to other planned stops. The Education Hall was outstanding and you really need some time to absorb all of it. We arrived late and was able to...More

Thank SJPederson
Reviewed 6 July 2017

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 July 2017

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 21 June 2017

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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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
26 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