Visit the Green Bank Telescope

The Green Bank Science Center is open year-round, and serves 40,000 visitors a year. Our 25,000 square foot facility contains the Catching the Wave Exhibit Hall, 150-seat auditorium, classrooms, a gift shop, and even a café.

We offer hands-on activities and StarLab planetarium sessions in addition to guided bus tours of the telescopes, including the world's largest moving telescope, the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope.

We also create field trip experiences that meet the National Science Education Standards and state-based science learning goals.

When Are We Open?
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)

Public Tours

  • Summer and Fall
    (Memorial Day weekend
    through October)
    Every top of the hour
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Winter and Spring
    11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, & 3:00 PM

Tour fees: Adults, $6; Seniors, $5; Children 7-12, $3.50; Children 6 and under, free. Pocahontas County residents receive a $1 discount.

Group Tours

Motor Coach Groups, School Groups and Youth Groups, Civic Clubs, Amateur Astronomers are welcome! Please contact us for information and reservations. Group tour fee is $3/person. School/youth groups are free.

Motor Coach Tours


Galaxy Gift Shop
The Galaxy Gift Shop at the Green Bank Science Center is packed with souvenirs, including clothing, mugs, jewelry, books, DVDs, and science toys. You can shop for some items online!

Out-of-this-world Gifts and Treats

When visiting the Green Bank Science Center, be sure to stop by the Starlight Cafe for cappuccino & espresso and great food at reasonable prices. Group meals are available with advance notice. Please call 304-456-2361 for details.

The Galaxy Gift Shop offers a wide variety of NRAO memorabilia, games, science kits, apparel, and more!

How to Find Us

PDF of directions to our Green Bank site.

GPS coordinates for the NRAO Green Bank Science Center are:


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