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Green Bank Observatory

Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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We took our two year old here for a visit. She really enjoyed the hands on exhibits. Several fun... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Grantsville, West Virginia
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This is currently the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope. This is NOT an optical... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2018
Murrysville, Pennsylvania
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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...more
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155 Observatory Road, Green Bank, WV 24944
+1 304-456-2150
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our two year old here for a visit. She really enjoyed the hands on exhibits. Several fun educational things to play with. All she could say was wow when we got to the telescope. It was very impressive!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lilriggsaroni
Reviewed 5 November 2018

This is currently the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope. This is NOT an optical telescope that you would LOOK through visually. This is a radio telescope. A radio telescope RECEIVES radio waves from various distant celestial sources. A very complex science indeed. It is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank glennbelkin
Reviewed 3 November 2018

If your drive brings you anywhere close to Green Bank West Virginia, definitely go to the Green Bank Observatory. Or better yet, just plan a trip there! The large radio telescope is huge - and we were lucky enough to see it as it moved....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank K B
Reviewed 2 November 2018

I by no means get into science. However, this stop was awesome. For $6 you can watch a video and take a bus tour of the telescopes. Our guide explained the telescopes and told stories. Very nice. Take some time and look around you will...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tippegirl2
Reviewed 2 November 2018

Well worth a visit. Approximately 1 hour tour. Admission price is very inexpensive. Video, demonstrations, overview of what they do, and bus tour of property. Several radio telescopes. The main telescope is the largest moveable radio telescope in the world. Located in a "wave" blackout...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank B8089QBfrankh
Reviewed 24 October 2018

The tour (inside presentation and outdoor bus ride) was interesting but not overwhelming. The tour guide answered questions and told stories. We got a good view of the radio telescope. The center had exhibits with lots of information. While I am not as science geeky...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Time_Lady
Reviewed 16 October 2018

We decided to get some lunch first and had the best club sub ever. The bread was very good and cooked perfectly and there was plenty of meat and toppings for a very reasonable price. For $6 we made it just in time for the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Karen S
Reviewed 9 October 2018

If you're a science geek like me, you'll love a visit here! Take the tour, it's hard to imagine just how big the largest telescope is without seeing it up close!

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Bill S
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

We stopped here while passing through the area. While I will admit a great deal of the information was over my head, what I did understand was very interesting. We did the hour long tour which was well worth doing. It was amazing to the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Sunsetbum
Reviewed 2 October 2018

The Observatory is well off the beaten path, but I highly recommend you take the trip to it. The experience is phenomenal, the staff is wonderful, the tour is exceptional.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Herm C
24 August 2018|
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Response from nancywD5521YZ | Reviewed this property |
When you take the tour, the bus will stop for a photo opportunity when you will be able to use your camera. After that, it’s no photo.
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
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