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A beautiful feat of engineering

Incredible find. Great interactive center. Tour was great. Here is the kid perspective: Amazing... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jennifer O
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Roanoke, Virginia
So Cool! Fun for all ages

The short film, the tour, the hands on museum, all of it was great! So interesting and educational... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MGW_11
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Roanoke, Virginia
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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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155 Observatory Road, Green Bank, WV 24944
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Reviewed yesterday

Incredible find. Great interactive center. Tour was great. Here is the kid perspective: Amazing tour, exhibits and gift shop. Adults and children can learn a ton of interesting facts. One little problem: Phones, cameras, and other electronics MUST be turned off during a tour, however,...More

Thank Jennifer O
Reviewed 1 week ago

The short film, the tour, the hands on museum, all of it was great! So interesting and educational. Very few places in the world where you can see something like the GBT! Definitely worth a day trip if you are staying at The Greenbrier or...More

Thank MGW_11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here during our visit to Snowshoe and enjoyed the short tour around the scopes. I do wish there was a little more information about what the telescopes "saw" or "heard" as far as radio waves, etc. But, nonetheless, the tour was cheap and...More

Thank Jennifer E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The cafe was pretty good too! Theres pretty much nowhere to eat in Green Bank so plan to eat at the observatory cafe between 11am-6. Theres a bar 15 minutes north that has good bar food. But there's nowhere around to eat breakfast. The next...More

Thank karamathess
Reviewed 3 weeks 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.

Thank Frank F
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

1  Thank Wineno
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Thank Tanya S
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Thank csw536
Reviewed 30 May 2018

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
Reviewed 29 May 2018

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

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Britney987
9 February 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
2 September 2017|
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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
13 May 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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