Hours, Directions, and other Trip Planning
When Are We Open?Summer:
Memorial Day - Labor Day
Daily: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tue after Labor Day - October
Thurs-Mon 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Winter - Spring:
November 1 - Friday prior to Memorial Day: Open Thurs-Mon. 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
When Are We Closed?
Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving; Christmas Eve, Christmas Day; New Years Eve, New Years Day; Easter Sunday)
How much does it cost?Admission to our Science Center is free! Guided Telescope Tour pricing is as follows:
Adults - $6; Seniors - $5; Children 10 & Under - FREE; Active Service Members and Veterans - FREE
Field Trip Planning Guide
What can we do while we're there?
Take a tour!The Green Bank Science Center is the starting point for your guided tour of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) site. Your personal guide will introduce you to the fascinating world of radio astronomy and feature science demonstrations and a short film about the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Your tour continues with a bus excursion through our gates into the RFI-restrcited 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. In total, the tour lasts about an hour. Here's a look at our Telescope Tour schedule:
Summer - Memorial Day - Labor Day
Tours Hourly 9am-6pm, 7 Days/Week
Autumn - Labor Day - October 31st
Tours Hourly 9am-6pm, Thursday-Monday (Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays)
Winter/Spring - October 31st-Memorial Day
Tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm Thursday - Monday (Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays)
Explore our Catching the Wave Exhibit Hall!Plan to enjoy interactive displays and exhibits where you'll discover what radio astronomers are learning about the universe. Admission is free and kid-friendly!
Join in one of our special events!Throughout the year, we offer many special events. Regularly occurring events include monthly star parties, behind-the-scenes High Tech Tours, Star Lab Constellation presentations, Family Science Labs and our Out-of-This-World Annual Open House. In between, we offer something for everyone from our Green Bank Concert Series to Movie Nights and even a Family Cycling Festival!
Go for a ride or plan a picnic!Bring your bikes or plan to hike through our solar system model that takes you past some of the world's biggest telescopes! Please remember to refrain from all electronic devices (including bike computers, digital cameras and cell phones) while you explore the site and plan to wrap-up by dusk. Walking tour maps and site trail maps are available at the science center. Picnic tables are located outside the science center for you to enjoy!
Where will you find us?The Green Bank Science Center is off Rt 92/28 in Green Bank, West Virginia, a town on the eastern side of the state in Pocahontas County. Green Bank is about 25 miles north of Marlinton, 53 miles south of Elkins, and 65 miles west of Staunton, Virginia. Pocahontas County is also home to several other large tourist attractions, including the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad and Snowshoe Mountain Resort. LINK
PDF of directions to our Green Bank site.
155 Observatory Road
Green Bank, WV 24944
GPS coordinates for the NRAO Green Bank Science Center are:
Anything special?The Green Bank Science Center is at the heart of the National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000 square mile region of the United States where radio signal interference is minimized. It was established in 1958 by the U.S. Government to protect its radio dishes in West Virginia. www.gb.nrao.edu/nrqz
Due to radio interference, all electronic use in the telescope zone is prohibited. Digital photos are welcome at the Green Bank Science Center and our observation decks. If you would like to take pictures up close to the telescopes, please plan to bring a 35mm camera or to purchase a disposable camera from our gift shop. On arrival to the site, please turn off all wireless or transmitting devices such as mobile Wi-Fi hot spots and Bluetooth-enabled devices.
High-Tech Tours take you behind-the-scenes through telescope control rooms and engineering labs normally off-limits to the public. Federal regulations require that we pre-screen attendees age 18 and higher, who will need to provide first name, middle initial, last name, birthplace date and city, state, and country of citizenship. These tours are offered at 3:30pm on on the 2nd Thursdays of each month from November to May and the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from June to October. Please call 304-456-2150 for reservations at least 48 hours in advance.
In the event of inclement weather, please call ahead at 304-456-2150 as hours are subject to change.
How do you reach us?Contact 304 456 2150