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Site Accessibility

The Green Bank Observatory strives to be welcoming to everyone. However, because of certain buildings’ historical designations, as well as restrictions due to the National Radio Quiet Zone, the site may provide some obstacles to those with mobility issues. For example, because of radio interference concerns, Green Bank Observatory buildings do not have doors that open automatically, or with a button press. See below for details about specific locations, tours, events, and programs. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Green Bank Science Center: Wheelchair-accessible, but no automatic doors. Staff will be happy to assist with entering/exiting.
  • Exhibit Hall: Inside Science Center. Fully accessible.
  • Galaxy Gift Shop: Inside Science Center. Some tight spaces; wheelchair accessibility depends on the width of the chair.
  • Public Tour: Wheelchair-accessible bus is available. Please let the front desk or gift shop attendant know when you make your reservations or purchase your tickets if you will require this bus.
  • High Tech Tour: Can be wheelchair-accessible. When you reach out to get security clearance, please let us know if you have mobility issues. This tour usually requires walking up and down a flight of stairs, but can be modified according to needs.
  • SETI Tour: Not wheelchair accessible. Requires entering pre-ADA historical buildings.
  • History Tour: Not wheelchair accessible. Requires entering pre-ADA historical buildings.
  • Star Lab: Wheelchair accessible. Other participants will be expected to sit on the floor for the duration of the presentation. If you require chairs, please let us know at least fifteen minutes before the start of the presentation, and we can provide them.
  • Star Party: Fully accessible.
  • Family Science Lab: Fully accessible.
  • Radio Astronomer for a Day: Not wheelchair accessible. Requires entering pre-ADA historical buildings.
  • Scout weekends: Not wheelchair accessible. Requires entering pre-ADA historical buildings.
  • Field Trip activities: All activities are fully accessible, excepting Radio Astronomer for a Day