COVID-19 Safety Operations

In response to the health concerns posed by COVID-19, the Green Bank Observatory has made changes to its public programs and events. At this time the indoor exhibits of the Science Center remain closed, along with our bus tours. We are offering guided outdoor programs. Please see ticketing information below.

Virtual tours, live streams, and video updates on Observatory news and education are also available, tune in here.

Have questions? View our FAQs.

As this situation continues to evolve, please check back for updates.

Update: June 1, 2021

Tickets are NOW available for NEW outdoor programs, reservations are required to keep group sizes safe and small. See dates, times, and tickets available for Guided Walking Tours, Seated Presentations, and FREE Docent Activities.

Take a FREE self-guided walking tour on site. Hiking and biking are welcome. An observation deck to view the Green Bank Telescope is located in the Jansky Lab parking lot. You can download and print a map for a self guided walking tour here.

Learn more about biking onsite here.

The Science Center, café, and gift shop remain closed to visitors.

Visit the Galaxy Gift Shop online.

Try these educational resources and activities at home.

Our instruments are extremely sensitive, and many operate 24-hours a day. Smart phones, digital cameras, fitness trackers, and other electronic devices can interfere with observations. Our scientists thank you for leaving these powered off in your vehicle!

Educational groups scheduled for visits and programs in 2021 that are affected by this closure will be contacted directly. Virtual visits are being offered for groups, learn more here. If you have questions, please contact our Education staff directly at

At this time, the following events are cancelled:

  • EPO Open House
  • Space Race Rumpus
  • StarQuest
  • All onsite tours, including public tours, high tech tours, and SETI tours
  • Star Labs
  • Star Parties
  • Scout Weekends
  • Family Science Labs