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Green Bank Observatory

155 Observatory Road, Green Bank, WV 24944
+1 304-456-2150
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This is the largest radio telescope in the world. It can hear something as weak as a garage door opener coming from Mars

Beautiful, nice area and amazing capabilities to receive signals from space. Crazy how we need... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Frank F
The restrooms were very clean.

I have wanted to visit the observatory my entire life. Finally, my husband and I stopped by while... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Wineno
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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 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. Admission to the Exhibit Hall, Cafe and Gift Shop is FREE. The telescope tour is $6/adults, $5/seniors, Free/Kids 10&under, and Free/Veterans, Active Service Members.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“exhibit hall” (22 reviews)
“radio telescope” (25 reviews)
“quiet zone” (24 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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155 Observatory Road, Green Bank, WV 24944
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+1 304-456-2150
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful, nice area and amazing capabilities to receive signals from space. Crazy how we need massive energy to send signals to our phones when a cell phone on mars would be the strongest signal in the solar system. Very cool.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I have wanted to visit the observatory my entire life. Finally, my husband and I stopped by while traveling this past weekend and were so disappointed. We stopped at a time that was between tours so we just decided to go through the Science Center....More

Thank Wineno
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Driving thru West Virginia we lost internet access and our GPS and this is why! It is a "radio quiet zone". The Green Bank Telescope is world's largest maneuverable radio telescope capturing any faint natural radio signals from deep space. We took the guided bus...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I just took my first trip to the observatory in about 25 years. Not much has changed, which is a good thing. The tour guide (Sophie) was knowledgeable and seemed very excited to be working there. She even pulled out an instrument to look at...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We happened upon the Green Bank Observatory as part of our route for the day (motorcycle travel) at the suggestion of our Innkeeper. At the perfect time for a break, we were pleasantly surprised, feeling like kids again. The gift shop has some wonderfully nerdy...More

1  Thank MotoGirlTravels
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took the public tour ($5) and then took the SETI tour ($40). I definitely recommend both. The tour guides on both had a passion for the Green Bank Observatory that was contagious. The lecture/discussion with one of the astronomers at the end of the...More

1  Thank ewhubbard
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A fascinating (and thankfully brief) tour of the largest mobile radio telescope in the world, as well as a peek into history of radio astronomy. There's a nice gift shop and simple cafe. What sells the place is the obvious enthusiasm and passion of the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Green Bank Observatory. We took both the general public tour and the special SETI tour. The guides were personable and well informed.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Green Bank Telescope, fondly referred to as the “GBT” is amazing! Our tour guide was very nice and knew his stuff. We really enjoyed the facts and figures about the telescope, how it’s used and who uses it. If you’re anywhere near the area...More

1  Thank Renee J
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

Wish I had more time to take a tour but stopped in to visit Science Center and grab a bite to eat. Science center has a great scale model of the radio telescope which you can control. I had no idea the complex is as...More

1  Thank Ward D
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Britney987
February 9, 2018|
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Response from Sherry M | Property representative |
They sure are! In fact, you can even use a disposable camera, or any film camera to take pictures behind the gates in the telescope zone. So, if you want an up-close picture with any telescope, this is the way to do it... More
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Marcia B
September 1, 2017|
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Response from jjones7777 | Reviewed this property |
Since the interference from the digital camera fouls their data stream, one digital picture taken at the wrong moment could ruin someone's research - not a fun prospect. Taking a digital photo at Green Bank would be similar... More
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George S
May 12, 2017|
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Response from Mike B | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you need to make reservations for the tour, which follows a short video in the theater. The museum has many interesting hands-on exhibits. You may find yourselves wishing for more time in order to enjoy all the... More
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