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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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Well worth the drive

An amazing place - and well worth the drive. They do several tour a day. You should check ahead for the times. The telescopes are fantastic to see, sitting there in complete... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

An amazing place - and well worth the drive. They do several tour a day. You should check ahead for the times. The telescopes are fantastic to see, sitting there in complete silence, surrounded by majestic scenery.

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Weirton, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Really interesting attraction. The guided bus tour was informative. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly.

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Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We visited the National Radio Astronomy Observatory while vacationing in Seneca Rocks. This museum was well worth the hour drive through beautiful countryside! They have a nice display explaining was the radio telescopes do and a guided tour to take you up close to the giant structures. Cafe had a nice selection of items for lunch. If you are in... More 

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Annandale, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The NRAO in Greenback is truly unique in every respect. If you like science, you will love the NRAO. The hands-on exhibits are really interesting and educational. The $6 tour of the telescopes is the best science bargain that I have ever seen. The restaurant is also good, not great but for the money, a real value. So, if you... More 

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We wanted to see the radio telescope for several reasons. My oldest is thinking of becoming an Astronomer and we thought this would be a cool day trip. We were right on both counts. If you go online ahead of time you can sign up for a private tour that isn't seen by the regular public on Thursdays. Unfortunately we... More 

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is a must see to believe adventure. You wouldn't expect to see something of this magnitude in the mountains of WV. The size and world wide range of these telescopes is amazing. Very educational for everyone. We took the tour around the facility and visited the museum which was totally fascinating. This is a "quiet zone" so electronics won't... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This is a very unique place, but great fun to visit. They have a well done and interesting museum. It was incredible to see all of the telescopes close up - no digital photos or personal electronics inside the fenced area as it interferes with the radio signals. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Check out the cool items... More 

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Dunnellon, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Well worth the time to drive to this somewhat out-of-the-way observatory. The main building has a science exhibit which is free, and, for a small fee, you may take the guided tour. We have been coming here since 1973 whenever we find ourselves driving through the area. We always learn something new about their search for intelligent life in what... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

You will not be disappointed if you stop by! Take the tour, go to the discovery center. The tours are done just about every hour. Very informative and interesting.

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Location is a little out of the way, but it was well worth the trip. Guide provided excellent commentary on the purpose of the radio telescopes. Very educational and fun. Something you have probably never seen before.

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