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Amazing facility and tour..well worth the time

The tour of Green Bank Radio Astronomy Observatory was very interesting and informative. The hour... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Great Big Thing

I had initially intented to just zip by, take a look at the Green Bank Telescope from the side of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Waregem, Belgium
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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 6 days ago

The tour of Green Bank Radio Astronomy Observatory was very interesting and informative. The hour long program includes a video and guided bus tour of the telescopes. The personnel are very knowledgeable , open to questions, and give the history and uses for the telescopes....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had initially intented to just zip by, take a look at the Green Bank Telescope from the side of the road, snap some pictures and move on, but my girlfriend really wanted to take the tour. In hindsight, I'm glad we did. Our very...More

Thank Stijn-traveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You do not have to be a science nerd to appreciate this. It was so peaceful and quiet. There is a tour that carries a fee. In 2015 it was A-$6, s-$5 and kids 3-11-$4. My husband and grandson did the tour and they said...More

Thank Nancy M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Green Bank Observatory held a number of very interesting things. It is the site of the worlds largest radio telescope. Our bus tour out to the telescope was very informative. Our guide Linzi, was excelent, very articulate and knowledgeable. The museum held very interesting...More

1  Thank Paul B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At 6:20pm, Saturday, 26 Aug, we arrived at Green Bank. There was one family there and the scheduled employees still on site. We asked if a tour was available and the gift shop lady asked a tour guide and she obliged. Our tour guide, Ms....More

Thank Neutralality
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Science nerds - this is the place for you! Or anyone that is into space, radios or aliens. Such a cool place for kids too. They have a museum which is very hands on and a science center. Also tours available to check out the...More

Thank Terri W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you or your child like science, this is the place. Regularly scheduled hour-long tours take you near the monumental radio telescope and explain how it is used for the observation of outer space. There is a charge for some activities, but some are free;...More

Thank ConnecticutLocavore
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good tour, good museum on radio astronomy. Tour about 30 min. Once an hour on the hour. Snack bar - excellent ice cream!, gift shop, small exhibit area, nice grounds. Very restrictive photography rules, no cell service - part of a quiet zone. Good...More

1  Thank Bill A
Reviewed 20 August 2018

I had not visited here since I was a child but have fond memories and wanted to go back. The Observatory offers a bus tour to see the large telescopes and shows a video prior telling the history of this interesting science center. They have...More

Thank Tia B
Reviewed 17 August 2018

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

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Herm C
24 August 2018|
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Response from Nancy W | 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