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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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WOW!

The bus tour was terrific. If we had had time, I would have walked the whole tour route afterward again to take more time to admire these giant telescopes, especially the Green... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 December 2015
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015

The bus tour was terrific. If we had had time, I would have walked the whole tour route afterward again to take more time to admire these giant telescopes, especially the Green Bank Telescope. The indoor exhibits and the talk before the bus tour were also fun and informative. (Note: small fee for the bus tour) One thing to remember,... More 

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Banner Elk NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

This place is out in the middle of nowhere, for a reason. The scenery, the purpose, the tour, everything is awesome. Even if you know nothing about radio astronomy you will find this place interesting. I loved it and hope to take my grand children back one day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015 via mobile

What a great afternoon for kids! The exhibit hall was tons of fun for them. The tour guide made time for the kids in the group and did a couple demonstrations for them. This is a good deal for your money.

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Hurricane, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

When you pull up to the NRAO I promise WOW is the only words you will be able to say. The tour is just so informative, if you don't take the tour you can walk to an observation deck, the inside of the museum is packed with the most phenomenal information about how radio waves are used. The mere size... More 

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Palatka, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

I felt rather stupid as I planned my trip to the Observatory, I have zero background for any of this BUT the folks made me feel a whole lot smarter! A good intro film and an excellent guide put me at ease for asking questions and starting conversations. The dishes are just mind blowing in size and design. The history... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

Very interesting place to visit for people of all ages. Learn about Radio Astronomy as you walk through the museum, and then enjoy the ride out to the large receiver - you may even catch it in action as it can be used and controlled remotely from all over the country.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

We visited on Oct 7 and were unsure what the tour would be like. Both my wife and I were completely surprised. This has got to be the best tour we have ever enjoyed. Our Guide was an aeronautical engineer and a very interesting speaker that held the attention of the entire group for over an hour. If you are... More 

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015

If you are in the area don't miss this. If you are a space or science geek don't miss this. They have a welcome and visitor center. Tours are available.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

We stumbled on this because it was a wet day! Very informative tour with Noreen. Interesting, educational exhibits.

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Morehead, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

For years I have wanted to go to the Green Bank Radio Observatory and after 21 years finally made it. I must say it was an interesting experience and quite educational. Also a lesson on how we humans can pollute the air with man made signals. I was told that you could be on Mars with your cell phone and... More 

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