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In response to the health concerns posed by COVID-19, the Green Bank Observatory has made changes to its public programs and events.

Programs and events affected have been removed from our Events calendar and notifications have been added to specific program and event web pages.

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. Need help buying your ticket online? Watch a video here.

Take a self guided walking tour of the site. Download a map here.

Learn more about biking onsite to explore our instruments and trails here.

Read the full announcement

See our 2021 Green Bank Observatory facilities booklet here.


Expand your universe at the Green Bank Science Center!

Sorry, due to COVID-19, our facilities are closed. Walking tour maps are available here

Get the 2021 Science Center Brochure!


Admission to the Green Bank Science Center and Exhibit Hall is Free!

Public Site Tours

  • Adults (11-64) – $6
  • Seniors (65+) – $5
  • Free/Kids (10 & Under) – Free
  • Free/Military (Veterans and Active Service Members) – Free

Organized Group Tours

Motor Coach groups are welcome. Tours can be scheduled any day of the week with advance reservations. A $3/person rate is set for motor coach tours. Group meals are also available.

Student Group Site Tours and Activities are Free!

SETI Tours

$40/person; 20 person limit; Reservations required

High Tech Tours

$15/person; 15 person limit; Reservations required

History Tour

$20/person; Minimum 5 people/tour; Reservations required; Offered November through April

StarLab Presentations

$5/person; 15 person limit; Reservations required

When is the Science Center open?

Currently, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Science Center is closed until further notice and no public tours are being conducted.

We will keep our hours listed below so you may plan your trip when we commence operations on a future date.

November 1 – May 28

Open Thur – Mon, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed Tue – Wed
Tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

May 29 – Sept 6

Open Daily; 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tours Hourly 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

September 7 – October 31

Open Thur – Mon, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Closed Tue – Wed
Tours Hourly 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

2021 Closed Dates

April 4 for Easter Holiday
November 23 – November 26 for Thanksgiving Holiday
December 21 – December 25 for Christmas Holiday
December 28 – December 31 for New Year’s Holiday