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“very interesting, but very dated”

Green Bank Observatory
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 23, 2012

facilities look like they have not been touched since built, so don't expect to be blown away by the technology. Very interesting, though, and getting there is a scenic drive.

Thank Jeanine B
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

Because of the unseasonably warm weather, Snowshoe didn't open on their original date as they had planned. Therefore, my wife and I who were celebrating our 1 year anniversary, had to find something to get into. Because this was the only thing you could really get into this time of year, we decided to take the tour. The tour is better than expected, and very informational. We learned that because of the GRT, there is a national quiet zone around the surrounding area. That means, the observatory controls all radio signal within a certain radius. No cell phone signals (unless you are on top of Snowshoe Mountain), and controlled wireless Internet are two results of this. I had no idea that the GRT was the reason we had no cell phone service anywhere close to us. Good stuff!

Thank Volleyballa
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

We hadn't paid any attention to the map showing an observatory so it was a shock to see this absolutely huge telescope out in the middle of the WV mountains!

We went back the next day and took the tour - which was very interesting. No cell phone service in the area and no digital cameras can be used when you are back in the telescope area. The tour is a bus ride thru all their telescopes with a guide. Very good.

Beginning in November 2011 they will be charging $6 for the tour. Well worth the price.

Thank vacation_addict_Ohio
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

This place offers a very nice free bus tour. I was really shocked that it was free (well it's not really free because it is paid for with our tax dollars). Anyway, I think this facility is better for older kids or adults. We took our 6 year old and he enjoyed it but I don't think he really understood the full concept of the facility.

They had an ATM, snack bar, and a nice little gift shop.

1  Thank tarheelluv
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Reviewed July 5, 2011

This is a satellite that LISTENS to the universe instead of looking at it like a telescope would. This way there's no interference from dust and gasses and they can really get a sense of the depth and dimension of the universe. The science was incredible. The satellite immense. And there's a dozen others on the campus. You learn about how sound-sensitive it is, the science of how it works, and drive through the campus to see all the satellites up close. It was wonderful and I'm not really a science person.

1  Thank gc05282014f
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