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West Virginia’s Space Place

Home of the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope

Rediscover the Universe at
Green Bank Observatory

The Green Bank Science Center is now open to
pre-registered, vaccinated visitors!

Please check our online Brochure Page for updates

The Green Bank Science Center features the Catching the Wave Exhibit Hall, a 150-seat auditorium, classrooms, a gift shop, and Starlight Café.


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

We are now offering Guided Bus Tours for pre-registered, vaccinated visitors! Browse ticket options and learn more at shop.greenbankobservatory.org. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

You may also take a self-guided walking tour of the grounds using this map, which is also available to pick up outside the entrance of the Science Center. A walk to the Green Bank Telescope is 1.5 miles one way, following our scale model of our solar system (that’s 3 miles round trip!)

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”.

Our Galaxy Gift Shop offers all of our great merchandise in our online store. Shop now to find the perfect gift or souvenir! Educators enjoy a 10% discount.

For Students and Teachers

We also create field trip experiences that meet the National Science Education Standards and state-based science learning goals. At this time registration is limited to ensure the safety of our staff and groups.

Call 304-456-2150 or email gro.y1656674861rotav1656674861resbo1656674861bg@sn1656674861oitav1656674861reser1656674861 for more information!