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Green Bank Observatory

155 Observatory Road, Green Bank, WV 24944
+1 304-456-2150
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Radio Heaven

We had a great visit to the NRAO. The movie and demonstrations in the science center were... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Cvillboy
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Go see it if you can!

Guess what, since this is a Ultra sensitive radio telescope, it's in a area where there's not many... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
wayne m
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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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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  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“exhibit hall” (21 reviews)
“radio telescope” (26 reviews)
“quiet zone” (24 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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155 Observatory Road, Green Bank, WV 24944
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+1 304-456-2150
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a great visit to the NRAO. The movie and demonstrations in the science center were interesting. Our guide was very patient with questions from the children in the group. The bus ride to the radio telescopes was very interesting and it was so...More

Thank Cvillboy
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Guess what, since this is a Ultra sensitive radio telescope, it's in a area where there's not many other things or people. That means it's a little hard to get to. But, it's a beautiful drive. Be sure and take the tour. It only cost...More

1  Thank wayne m
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in awe of the size and capability of the telescopes. The employees were friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank Alice S
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This National Science Foundation Observatory is a very interesting place to visit. It’s s non WiFi district and the radio telescopes are varied and have interesting history as well as present day activity. Great for all ages. Take the one hour tour, it’s worth every...More

2  Thank Nancy W
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our experience at the Green Bank Observatory was very interesting. All the satellites that are there and the one that brings the most tourists , wow. Huge is not the word for it. If you like science then this is the place for you. It...More

4  Thank Albert L
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Reviewed 15 July 2018

Incredible find. Great interactive center. Tour was great. Here is the kid perspective: Amazing tour, exhibits and gift shop. Adults and children can learn a ton of interesting facts. One little problem: Phones, cameras, and other electronics MUST be turned off during a tour, however,...More

4  Thank Jennifer O
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

The short film, the tour, the hands on museum, all of it was great! So interesting and educational. Very few places in the world where you can see something like the GBT! Definitely worth a day trip if you are staying at The Greenbrier or...More

2  Thank MGW_11
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Reviewed 1 July 2018

We stopped here during our visit to Snowshoe and enjoyed the short tour around the scopes. I do wish there was a little more information about what the telescopes "saw" or "heard" as far as radio waves, etc. But, nonetheless, the tour was cheap and...More

2  Thank Jennifer E
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

The cafe was pretty good too! Theres pretty much nowhere to eat in Green Bank so plan to eat at the observatory cafe between 11am-6. Theres a bar 15 minutes north that has good bar food. But there's nowhere around to eat breakfast. The next...More

2  Thank karamathess
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

Beautiful, nice area and amazing capabilities to receive signals from space. Crazy how we need massive energy to send signals to our phones when a cell phone on mars would be the strongest signal in the solar system. Very cool.

1  Thank Frank F
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Britney987
9 February 2018|
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Response from Sherry M | Property representative |
They sure are! In fact, you can even use a disposable camera, or any film camera to take pictures behind the gates in the telescope zone. So, if you want an up-close picture with any telescope, this is the way to do it... More
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Marcia B
1 September 2017|
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Response from jjones7777 | Reviewed this property |
Since the interference from the digital camera fouls their data stream, one digital picture taken at the wrong moment could ruin someone's research - not a fun prospect. Taking a digital photo at Green Bank would be similar... More
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George S
13 May 2017|
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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
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