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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 50,000 visitors a year. Our 25,000 square foot facility is the starting point for your guided tour of the site and contains the Catching the Wave Exhibit Hall, a 150-seat auditorium, classrooms, a gift shop, and even a full menu at our Starlight Café. Download a copy of our Science Center Brochure!

How do I get up close to the telescopes? 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 any one of our three tours and explore the fascinating world of radio astronomy. The most popular, our Site Tour, features science demonstrations and a short film about the world-class Green Bank Telescope (GBT). This tour continues with a bus excursion through our gates into the electronics-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. The High Tech Tour and SETI Tour are offered on select Thursdays and Fridays respectively. More information about these can be found in our brochure, on our Visit page, or by checking out our Events page!

You can 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”. This space is free to visitors of all ages and invites you, your family, and friends to explore the history and fundamentals of radio astronomy, all while having a blast! Please plan at least 30 minutes to enjoy the exhibits.

Our Galaxy Gift Shop is also a must-see and is packed with apparel, educational toys, books, local artisan jewelry, and so much more! No time to shop? Check out our online store to find the perfect gift or souvenir! Educators enjoy a 10% discount.


Stop by the Starlight Café for delicious pizzas, burgers, subs, and more! The Café also serves coffee, espressos, ice cream, and milkshakes.

For Students and Teachers

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 for more information!