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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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It is free to visit and walk around. There is a tour that had a cost (2015) of adults $6, seniors $5 and children ages 3 to 11 $4. There is limited area for picture taking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Nancy M
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Lake Milton, Ohio
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Lake Milton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is free to visit and walk around. There is a tour that had a cost (2015) of adults $6, seniors $5 and children ages 3 to 11 $4. There is limited area for picture taking. There is also in the main visitor center a food concession. Their food is really good and not overly priced. All in all this... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the middle of nowhere in Green Bank WV is the large Radio Astronomy Telescope. This uses radio waves, so don't plan to look at the night sky. Very interesting place for people of all ages. Learn about Radio Astronomy at the museum, and then enjoy the ride out to see it, maybe you can catch it in action as... More 

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Thank ThePCGuy
Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Easy to find, just look for the big radio telescopes.Great for both kids and adults. Don't miss the bus tour! If you want pictures bring a film camera, they don't allow digital cameras, or cell phones near the radio telescopes for obvious reasons. They sell disposable film cameras in the shop.

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Thank John O
Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The tour and the exhibit were great. Provided lots of information about the site, its history, its funding and the research it does. Our tour guide was Tyler and he was excellent. Very knowledgeable, eager to answer questions and clearly passionate about the observatory and its work. In fact he spoke so much and gave so much information, it was... More 

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Thank kosolush
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 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 stars Reviewed October 26, 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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Thank admepa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 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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Thank kerri c
Hurricane, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 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 stars Reviewed October 18, 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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Thank gogators52
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 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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