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West Virginia’s Space Place

Home of the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope

We will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday 11/22 – 11/25 and will reopen Saturday, 11/26.

Rediscover the Universe at
Green Bank Observatory


Please check our online Brochure Page for the most up-to-date information

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 offer Guided Bus Tours at regular intervals throughout the day. Browse ticket options and learn more at shop.greenbankobservatory.org. Tickets may be purchased online in advance or at the front desk on the day of your visit.

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.y1669600902rotav1669600902resbo1669600902bg@sn1669600902oitav1669600902reser1669600902 for more information!