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Address: 155 Observatory, Green Bank, WV 24944
Phone Number: +1 304-456-2150
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This place is incredible. Amazingly hard core science facility...world renowned! I recommend going any time not winter. Summer is our favorite. The tour is worth the time.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Hurricane, WV
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142 reviews 142 reviews
19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This place is incredible. Amazingly hard core science facility...world renowned! I recommend going any time not winter. Summer is our favorite. The tour is worth the time.

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Tokyo, Japan
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I visited NRAO Green Bank, WV, in a day trip from Charlottesville, VA. It is around 2.5-3h drive each way. Once there, there is a nice exhibit about radio astronomy, a small shop and a cafe. In the site proper, you can see some historical antennas which are amazing for people working in the field ;) and many large dish... More 

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Fredericksbirg, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Certain areas are off-limits to digital photography, however, film photography is allowed. The digital cameras interfere with the radio telescopes. Don't expect your cell phones to work within 20 miles of this site.

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Spring Hill, WV
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

when I worked at the airport Jay Rockefeller paved the runway at the observatory and they allowed him to land there as he has a home nearby

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Amazing technology. Gives you a new respect for the folks that call the area home. A lot of people find it an inconvenience to visit, imagine living without your cell phone or facebook. I loved it.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Come see the reason you don't have cell phone service at Snowbird! The Greenbank radio telescope is an enormous monument to space exploration. The tour takes about an hour, starting from a little museum (complete with gift shop and snack bar). A short film shares some basic info about the site and its history, followed by a presentation with demonstrations... More 

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Champlin
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

What are radio waves? Come visit the Observatory! The museum offers interactive activities that help individuals to understand this world of science. Our tour guide gave an excellent overview before the informative video and then took us within close range of the dynamic telescope via a bus. This was a awesome experience!

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Pipestem, West Virginia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
38 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

There are many people even from West Virginia who have never heard of the Green Bank Observatory. There are varieties of telescopes here and this particuliar observatory, I believe boasts the largest Hubble telescope in the world, the telescope is 2.3 acres in size. There are many educational activities for adults as well as children and altough there is no... More 

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Rochester, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I only can speak to driving through the area and taking some pictures. We didn't have time for a visit to the science museum or tour, but just seeing the dish they have there is impressive. My one caution is I didn't research anything beforehand, so it came as a surprise that there is no cell service. Wasn't a big... More 

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Palmyra, Wisconsin
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211 reviews 211 reviews
126 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Green bank telescope 485 ft Tall! 17 MILLION lbs! 2.3 acres surface area! Remember the movie Contact.. This telescope receives signals . We really enjoyed this tour. Boy Scouts were on our tour and they we so interested and fun to see their excitement. Do take the tour to get up close to see this giant. We toured the exhibit... More 

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