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National Radio Astronomy Observatory

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Address: 155 Observatory, Green Bank, WV 24944
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+1 304-456-2150
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10:00 - 18:00
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Thu - Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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This attraction was amazing. You paid $6, watched a video and saw a couple of demonstrations, then we took a bus tour of the grounds. You could buy disposable cameras in the gift... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 July 2016
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Harrodsburg, Kentucky
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Harrodsburg, Kentucky
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This attraction was amazing. You paid $6, watched a video and saw a couple of demonstrations, then we took a bus tour of the grounds. You could buy disposable cameras in the gift shop to take as many pictures as you want. No cell phones or digital cameras allowed. It was truly something to see. They also have a cafe... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

This was an amazing place. The Exhibit Hall is full of of terrific, interactive displays. The video and presentation were informative (even for me..the most unscientific minded), great for kids 10+. I had no idea this existed, and for $6 (under 10 free), I was educated and amazed. Best value going!

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Gardners, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

It was worth a visit for the approx. hour tour and to visit the exhibit room. We spent about 1 1/2 hours there.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Admission to the display area is free but if you want to see the giant radio telescope (which you do) you have to go on a tour which does cost. Tours are on the hour and you will first watch a short video in the theater and a small science demonstration with liquid nitrogen. You will then board a shuttle... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

Enormous observatory dish so big it can hold two football fields, the only bad thing is that you can't take pictures as it disturbs the hunt for alien life in space.

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Columbus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

While I enjoy the nerdy aspect to places such as the NRAO, today’s visit left us impressed with the size and scale of the telescopes but less than impressed with the exhibits in the hall used to explain and illustrate the process. The exhibit hall itself (and the main building for that matter) is much smaller than pictures of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

What a unique and awesome opportunity to see and experience on of the world's premier space telescopes! This facility has numerous different radio telescopes, ranging from the original 1937 garage built telescope to the world's biggest fully rotating/tilting 110 meter diameter behemoth. The visitors center is modern and very educational (not everyone understands the electromagnetic spectrum - but after visiting... More 

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

Our tour guide was more interested in proving how smart he was than in ensuring everyone had a good tour. A child asked a question on the tour and the answer given was not even helpful to me. I'd recommend the tour as there are not many radio telescopes in the country and so it is something different. I'm glad... More 

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

Camped here a couple weeks ago for a family oriented bike event that was awesome. Toured the installation, amazing! The satellites are HUGE! In the middle of a gorgeous valley is nestled this scientific facility straight out of Contact. The presentation was fascinating (granted I am a sucker for this kind of stuff). Grounds and buildings are really clean. Mountain... More 

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Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Disclaimer - we are a dorky science family. We visited as a family with our 8 and 4 year old kids and had a blast. We stayed the night before in Harrisonburg VA and made the trek out there. It is about a 2 hour drive through bucolic farm lands and beautiful forests. So gorgeous. Then you lose cell and... More 

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