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West Virginia’s Space Place

Home of the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope

Come see for yourself! The Green Bank Science Center is open year-round (please see hours below) and serves over 50,000 visitors a year. Our 25,000 square foot facility is the starting point for your guided tour of the site and contains the Catching the Wave Exhibit Hall, a 150-seat auditorium, classrooms, a gift shop, and even a full menu at our Starlight Café. Check out our new 2019 Science Center Tour Brochure!

How do I get up close to the telescopes? Do you offer public tours?

Yes! The Green Bank Science Center is the starting point for your guided tour of the Green Bank Observatory site. Join any one of our three tours and explore the fascinating world of radio astronomy. The most popular, Site Tour, features science demonstrations and a short film about the world-class Green Bank Telescope (GBT). This tour continues with a bus excursion through our gates into the electronics-restricted Zone I for an up-close look at our telescopes- from the pioneering instruments of the 1950s to the world’s largest fully-steerable telescope, the GBT. The High Tech Tour and SETI Tour are offered on select Thursdays and Fridays respectively. More information about these can be found in our brochure or by checking out our Events page!

Besides a tour, what else can I do at the Science Center?

The Green Bank Science Center houses a huge interactive room called “Catching the Wave Exhibit Hall”. This space is free to visitors of all ages and invites you, your family, and friends to explore the history and fundamentals of radio astronomy, all while having a blast! Please plan at least 30 minutes to enjoy the exhibits.

Our Galaxy Gift Shop is also a must-see and is packed with apparel, educational toys, books, local artisan jewelry, and so much more! No time to shop? Check out our online store to find the perfect gift or souvenir! Educators enjoy a 10% discount.


Stop by the Starlight Café for delicious pizzas, burgers, subs, and more! The Café also serves coffee, espressos, ice cream, and milkshakes.


Admission to the Green Bank Science Center – Free!
Public Site Tours:  $6/Adults; $5/Seniors (65+); Free/Kids (10 & Under); Free/Military (Veterans and Active Service Members)
Group Site Tours – Groups of 20 or more qualify for a $3/person discounted rate; Reservations required
Student Group Site Tours and Activities – Free!
SETI Tours – $40/person; 20 person limit; Reservations required
High Tech Tours – $15/person; 15 person limit; Reservations required
StarLab Presentations – $5/person; 15 person limit; Reservations required

When is the Science Center open?

November 1, 2018 – May 23, 2019
Open Thursday – Monday (Closed Tuesdays/Wednesdays); 10am – 6pm
Site Tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm

May 24 – September 2, 2019
Open Daily; 8:30am – 7pm
Site Tours Hourly 9am – 6pm

September 3 – October 31, 2019
Open Thursday – Monday (Closed Tuesdays/Wednesdays); 8:30am – 7pm
Site Tours Hourly 9am – 6pm

4/21/19 for Easter
11/26-11/29 for Thanksgiving Holiday
12/23-12/26 for Christmas Holiday
12/31-1/3 for New Year’s Holiday

For Students and Teachers

We also create field trip experiences that meet the National Science Education Standards and state-based science learning goals.

Call 304-456-2150 or email reservations@gbobservatory.org for more information!