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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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Thu - Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Tour the fascinating world of radio astronomy and see the pioneering...

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. The telescope tour is $6/adults, $5/seniors, Free/Kids 10&under, and Free/Veterans, Active Service Members.

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Very interesting tour. Low cost for the tour, has a nice little deli to grab lunch at. Fun for the whole family.

Very interesting tour for the whole family. Low cost for the tour, a deli where you can enjoy a nice lunch, a shop where you can pick up souvenirs and an awesome presentation... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 September 2016
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Hico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Very interesting tour for the whole family. Low cost for the tour, a deli where you can enjoy a nice lunch, a shop where you can pick up souvenirs and an awesome presentation before the bus tour. Make a day of it and go to Cass Scenic Railroad also.

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Point Pleasant
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

if you are in the area. Suggest you spare 2-3 hours so you can take the tour and look at their displays. Easy to spend an hour or so in their welcome area. The tour takes a while but should be part of your experience. When finished enforces the fact the you are a small part of the universe.

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Guelph, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

We visited the site after leaving Cass scenic railway, the area is a communication dead zone. Very interesting but the tour doesn't take you into the actual radio labs, just a tour of all the telescopes, these are radio telescopes not visual.

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St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

I fully realize this is not everybody's cup of tea. Let's get that out of the way from the start. I am not a physicist or a space nut, but I am intrigued about the outer limits, space exploration, how it started, and how it will end. SETI has always interested me and Contact was one of my favourite movies,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

To begin the tour you watch a 10 minutes movie on how, why and how this was started. It was good information on it to start out with if you don't know much about it history. Took the bus around the place, couldn't use cell phone or any electronic equipment while you are here. There are places that you could... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

This immense radio telescope is truly a sight to behold. By necessity, this behemoth is located in the middle of nowhere in the mountains of West Virginia, but worth the trip to those in the vicinity. The visitors center has a well-designed explanation of the electromagnetic spectrum, making it understandable even to those who are not scientifically oriented. It is... More 

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Southern New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

As a total geek (I wore my physics shirt), this was the number one thing I wanted to do on this trip. It was worth the 3 hour drive. I did take the precaution of printing out the directions (we lost cell service, but not our GPS) it was very easy to get to. The run tours every hour on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Before this visit I would never have guessed that a telescope could weigh 17 million pounds! Or that it takes 10 summers to paint a telescope. (When they are done, they start all over again.) The sensitivity of the system is hard to fathom. It is located in a radio free zone be cause earth-bound radio waves can create distractions.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

This attraction was amazing. You paid $6, watched a video and saw a couple of demonstrations, then we took a bus tour of the grounds. You could buy disposable cameras in the gift shop to take as many pictures as you want. No cell phones or digital cameras allowed. It was truly something to see. They also have a cafe... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

This was an amazing place. The Exhibit Hall is full of of terrific, interactive displays. The video and presentation were informative (even for me..the most unscientific minded), great for kids 10+. I had no idea this existed, and for $6 (under 10 free), I was educated and amazed. Best value going!

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