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Science Center

Green Bank Science Center

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 45,000 visitors a year. Our 25,000 square foot facility is the starting point for your guided tour of the Green Bank Observatory telescope site and contains the Catching the Wave Exhibit Hall, an 150-seat auditorium, classrooms, a gift shop, and even a full menu at our Starlight Café. Check out our Science Center Tour Brochure [1]!

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How do I get up close to the GBT? 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 one of our popular guided tours and explore the fascinating world of radio astronomy. The telescope tour features science demonstrations and a short film about the world-class Green Bank Telescope. Your tour continues with a bus excursion through our gates into the RFI-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.

Besides a tour, what else can I do at the science center?

The Green Bank Science Center also houses the “Catching the Wave” hands-on Exhibit Hall and our Galaxy Gift shop.

Admission to our Exhibit Hall is free! Enjoy interactive, hands-on exhibits exploring the electromagnetic spectrum, radio science, our site history and more!  Please plan at least 30 minutes to enjoy the exhibits.

Visit the Galaxy Gift Shop for a great selection of Green Bank Observatory souvenirs, educational toys, West Virginia-made items and astronomy-themed merchandise. The selection is out-of-this-world! Educators enjoy a 10% discount.

Hungry? Stop by the Starlight Cafe!

The Starlight Cafe, located in the Green Bank Science Center, serves fresh salads and wraps, grilled burgers, hot dogs, hand-dipped ice cream and more! Enjoy your meal with a view! Seating is in our lobby with an incredible view of the Green Bank Telescope and surrounding mountains. Where else can you view the world’s largest fully-steerable telescope while sharing a scoop (or two!) of some moose tracks ice cream?



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

When is the science center open?

May 25 – September 3, 2018
Open Daily; 8:30am – 7pm
Telescope Tours Hourly 9am – 6pm

September 4 – October 31, 2018
Open Thursday – Monday (Closed Tuesdays/Wednesdays); 8:30am – 7pm
Telescope Tours Hourly 9am – 6pm

November 1, 2018 – May 27, 2019
Open Thursday – Monday (Closed Tuesdays/Wednesdays); 10am – 6pm
Telescope Tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm

11/20-11/23 for Thanksgiving Holiday
12/23-12/26 for Christmas Holiday
12/31-1/3 for New Year’s Holiday
4/21/19 for Easter


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 [2] for more information!