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National Radio Astronomy 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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Brought my five year old here and she loved the exhibits. Got here an hour before the tour and had to cut her off from the displays (and sadly didn't have time to hit them after... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Brought my five year old here and she loved the exhibits. Got here an hour before the tour and had to cut her off from the displays (and sadly didn't have time to hit them after the tour). They have a good number of interactive things to do, she (and frankly I) certainly didn't understand everything but had fun playing.... More 

Thank Utes1914
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

they have a really nice tour center with a place to eat and a gift shop. they have a wonderful and informative tour of the planet largest movable telescope. all the personal are friendly and make you feel part of the family.

Thank Larry S
Rhode Island
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We visited here after the tours had ended for the day. We knew that going in, though. Small gift shop and free to walk around the exhibit room. If someone asked me to write a synopsis of what this place is about, I would have no clue. Something about radio waves from outer space. It really wasn't a place for... More 

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Abell, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This was a very interesting visit. We did not know much about radio astronomy and were very interested in the subject. After a short presentation in the theater, the guide took us through the complex via (diesel powered) bus, providing a detailed overview of the antennas and ongoing research at the facility. We learned quite a bit that day and... More 

Thank Mike B
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

This is a great place to visit in West Virginia. If you have a scientific mind or want to stimulate the kids' minds, then take a tour and go through the museum. It's also a great place to ensure your kids stop texting on the ride -- no cell phone service in the area or on the grounds. Lots to... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We weren't sure what to expect when we got here. We took the tour which started with a video. After, the guide answered questions. He was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The bus tour to the telescopes was very interesting and educational. Even at our mature age, we learned a few things!! There were hands on exhibits as well.

Thank NormaRae03
Salem, VA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Visited on a rainy day - would have been better without the rain & fog Tour director was very knowledgeable; however, appeared to be rushed speaking Enjoyed the bus ride to see the telescopes, but would have been nice to be able to stop, get off of the bus to take pics In a very remote area

Thank luvpstcard
Hurricane, WV
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Green Bank is not only absolutely beautiful, it is also a place of scientific merit. The radio telescopes are world renowned.

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

A group of Senior Citizens from PA went to this sight. After a soup and sandwich lunch. The tour guide came aboard our bus. She was a very informative guide explaining things in detail; especially the quiet zone and far this goes outsde the immediate area This would be great place to visit the Kids. It was to bad that... More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

My grandmother took me and my siblings as kids. Now as a " mature" adult it's still fun. Nerdy fun. It's like the real life Big Bang theory. We even got to see the dish rotate during our tour. It's worthwhile to see the reason for the national quiet zone.

Thank Bethany M

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