Fermilab offers tours to people, ages 10 and older. Children between 10 and 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult. For individuals and small groups of fewer than 10, there are two options:
Ask-a-Scientist held on the first Sunday of the month. Fermilab offers a short talk followed by a behind-the-scenes tour. Ask a scientist questions about Fermilab or about physics in general. Registration required.
Get to Know Fermilab held Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Visitors meet in the Wilson Hall atrium for an introductory tour of the Lab and are welcome to enjoy lunch in the Wilson Hall Café.
Check the calendar of tours and special events for dates.
For groups of 10 or more, tours are by appointment. Tours must be arranged at least two weeks in advance. A tour lasts about two hours and begins in Wilson Hall. Visitors view the Laboratory from the 15th floor windows and visit various displays located there. The tour moves to the Linear Accelerator building where visitors see the Cockcroft-Walton, the components in the linear accelerator gallery and the Main Control Room.
There is a docent for every 20 people with a charge of $50 per docent.
Tours for School Groups:
For high school students, ages 14 and older: The number of people in a group should be no less than 10 and no more than 60. One instructor or responsible adult must accompany every 20 high school students. Students meet with a physicist for a brief question and answer session. Some smaller groups may meet at the physicist?s workplace. Groups may arrange to eat lunch in the Fermilab cafeteria. There is no cost for student tours.
Middle school students can visit Fermilab as part of Beauty and Charm field trips. Teachers must attend a workshop first before scheduling a field trip.
Contact: Nancy Lanning
Fermilab, MS 777, P.O. Box 500, Batavia, IL 60510-0500
(630) 840-5588, [email protected]