Green Bank Observatory, Green Bank

Observatory · Science Museum
The Green Bank Science Center's windows look out at the world's largest fully steerable telescope (the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope), which can catch radio waves from objects billions of light years away--night or day, rain or shine.

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  • We visited this place in April 2021. It was outstanding! The visitor center and tours are operating. Check the days and hours before you drive in. Even if it's a day where the visitor center is...  more »
  • The visitors center was closed, I'm assuming because of Covid, but we walked out on the observation deck to take pictures. The main dish is HUGE. It's in the WV radio quiet zone, so no cell...  more »
  • Sadly the visitors center, and thus the tour to the base of the giant radio telescope was closed at the time of my visit. But I did the tour 2 years ago and highly recommend it. Be sure to take a...  more »
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  • This is a gem! We were staying at snowshoe ski resort for the summer. Needed something to do with our 2 year old. Free for active duty and veterans. Not dependents though. Still worth the visit!
  • I love science and studying galaxies.. this place was just that. Sparked my daughters interested just enough, the tour wants too long and Kept you engaged. Every thing was reasonably priced and super kid friendly
  • Insanely cool! You can take the nature trail to hike near the telescope. This splits off into other trails that get you up to and around the gate. Can't take phones or digital watches anywhere nearby, so be sure to bring a film camera! We got wonderful pictures up close.
  • Interesting information but not too in depth. Affordable tours and cafe. The exhibit hall has fun hands on activities. We did everything leisurely but hike on the trails in 3.5 hours.
  • Learned a lot of new information. This is great for kids and adults. This is a great deal. Our tour was funny plus educational :)

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