Tours, programs and events

Tours

Fermilab’s site is open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the summer months and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the rest of the year. Public tours and tours by appointment are available. Public tours are offered every Wednesday at 10 a.m., as part of the Ask-a-Scientist event on the first Sunday of each month, and on third Sundays during the summer.

The Lederman Science Center is open to the public and offers hands-on science exhibits for students. Visit the Lederman Science Center Web page for more information on hours and tours.

Those interested can volunteer with Fermilab Natural Areas, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore, manage and conserve Fermilab's natural areas in support of its science mission. View FNA's calendar of events.

Audio tour

Can’t make a guided tour, or want some additional insight while exploring the Fermilab site? Take a free audio driving tour. This 30-minute narrated tour uses your smartphone and GPS to guide you around the site and share Fermilab’s science and history. Highlights include Wilson Hall, neutrino experiments, magnets, birdwatching, the bison herd, the Proton Pagoda, the Bubble Chamber and the Lederman Science Center.

To launch the tour, simply download the free VoiceMap app from the Android or Apple store. Open the app, click on the Chicago section (or search for Chicago), and you’ll find the Fermilab tour, titled “Scenery and Science in a Physics Wonderland.” Download the tour (on wi-fi, for fastest results). Now you're ready to head to the starting point: the west parking lot next to Wilson Hall. Begin the tour and follow along.

Visitors can take the tour during Fermilab’s open hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., November through March, and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. the rest of the year, seven days a week.

Handling cell phones while operating a vehicle is not allowed on the Fermilab site, so visitors should be sure to set up the tour before driving or let a passenger handle the phone.

The full text of the tour is also available in a printable PDF or can be accessed through the VoiceMap website.

Field trips

Field trips are available for the following groups:

  • High school groups: Groups of 10-100 students are welcome. Please see the Education Office high school tours page for more information.
  • Middle, elementary and home school groups: Physical science and prairie ecology field trips are available for students in grades 1-8. Educators must participate in a field trip program workshop before bringing their students. More information is available on the Education Office Educators page.

Public events

Every month, Fermilab offers numerous events for the public. Check our calendar of public events for upcoming events. The best way to stay informed about these events is to subscribe to Fermilab Frontiers, Fermilab’s community newsletter.

Follow these links to get more information about our public events.