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Green Bank Observatory

Open today: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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A look at the edges of the Universe

The Green Bank Observatory,has eight radio telescopes distributed around its large campus... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Herbert G
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Lots of things to see here

The staff knew what they were talking about on all subjects and the tour was a good way to get the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Joshua s
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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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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155 Observatory Road, Green Bank, WV 24944
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Green Bank Observatory,has eight radio telescopes distributed around its large campus, listening and mapping vast areas of the Universe. After spending almost an hour in the very interesting exhibition hall, I took the tour of the campus, with a very knowledgeable guide, ending at...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Herbert G
gbopr, Public Relations Manager at Green Bank Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much! We're glad you came to visit and that you had a great time. Thank you for such an excellent overview of what tours are like at our site. We hope to see you again one day!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff knew what they were talking about on all subjects and the tour was a good way to get the scale of everything

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Joshua s
gbopr, Public Relations Manager at Green Bank Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you! Our staff love what they do and sharing all they know about the Green Bank Observatory. We're glad you got to visit and see how big the GBT is!

Reviewed June 9, 2019

I learned a number of things traveling to the Observatory, and there was so much to learn! I never knew so much about radio waves and what they can tell us that light waves cannot. The bus tour is a must!

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Barbara B
gbopr, Public Relations Manager at Green Bank Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you! We think our tour is pretty great, too. The bus lets you get out on campus and up close to the GBT. We're glad you got to visit!

Reviewed June 5, 2019

Been there twice. A fascinating place to see. Lots of stuff for kids to see and interactive things. Take the bus ride tour through the grounds and learn the history.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Roy C
gbopr, Public Relations Manager at Green Bank Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you! We're glad you came back and we hope to see you again! :)

Reviewed May 29, 2019

There is no cell service or GPS in this area if the state mostly because of this observatory. The tour lasts about an hour, including an introductory video and demonstration. All electronics MUST be turned off on the tour as not interfere with the Telescope....More

Date of experience: May 2019
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gbopr, Public Relations Manager at Green Bank Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your thoughtful review! We're glad you had a good time. It is pretty cool to get up close to the GBT! Thank you for understanding and following the guidelines for electronics - it helps make the GBT and our research work!

Reviewed May 26, 2019 via mobile

Keep the electronics off when you get there and don’t expect cell signal within a 50 mile radius or more. So much info you can spend hours there. Take the 6 dollar tour for an hours worth of knowledge and a ride out to the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 7, 2019

We stopped while traveling for lunch at the restaurant. It was a nice stop with great views and a little gift shop.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed April 13, 2019

One of the most amazing things I have seen! We took our kids, 7 & 10, and we were all in awe at the size of these telescopes! The tour was great as were the hands on exhibits. This is a must see and we...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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gbopr, Public Relations Manager at Green Bank Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your kind review! We hope to see you again one day! :)

Reviewed April 1, 2019 via mobile

Take the tour it's very informative. $6 for the tour. Noreen, the guide, was pleasant and knowledgeable. Tour takes you out to see the telescopes. Also have a science exhibit area that is great. On site restaurant had good food at good prices.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed January 11, 2019 via mobile

We took our two year old here for a visit. She really enjoyed the hands on exhibits. Several fun educational things to play with. All she could say was wow when we got to the telescope. It was very impressive!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Response from lilriggsaroni | Reviewed this property |
we took our camper and stayed in cass.
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A long-exposure shot from the parking lot and/or observation deck is absolutely possible! Just do not go past the security gates or down the hill from the parking lot. If you would like to get a little closer, please contact... More
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hermc2018
August 24, 2018|
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Response from nancywD5521YZ | Reviewed this property |
When you take the tour, the bus will stop for a photo opportunity when you will be able to use your camera. After that, it’s no photo.
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