Hours and general public access


Outdoor visiting hours:

Dawn to dusk every day of the week.

Lederman Science Center:

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturdays; closed Sundays and Fermilab holidays.

Wilson Hall:

The atrium, cafeteria, second floor cross over and ground floor credit union are open to the public Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please visit ed.fnal.gov to learn about available tours.


Outdoor activities

The public is invited to Fermilab to visit its bison herd and interpretive trails, and to enjoy walking, hiking, bicycling, running, rollerblading, skateboarding, roller-skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, bird watching, photography, and painting. Leashed dogs are permitted in designated outdoor public areas. The public must remain in designated public areas at all times and comply with all site rules and allowed uses in a safe manner, including complying with all traffic laws and driving rules as well as site signage. The public must not pass through Fermilab, but rather leave by the same entrance through which they arrived.

Prohibited public use of the Fermilab site includes operation of drones. Fishing, ice skating and geocaching are not allowed.

Education and public engagement activities

The public is welcome to visit the Lederman Science Center to interact with science exhibits and to participate in education and public engagement programs and events.

To learn more about Fermilab's in-person and virtual education and public engagement activities, please visit ed.fnal.gov.

Requirements for public access to the Fermilab site

Identification requirements

All visitors 18 and older, including those on foot or on bicycle, as well as all adult passengers in vehicles, will be asked to show a REAL-ID-compliant ID (REAL ID driver's license or passport) to access the site. Only REAL ID-compliant IDs will be accepted after May 3, 2023.

After IDs are checked at the entrance gate, public visitors will receive a red sticker that must be visible all times when on the Fermilab site.

Minors (children under age 18) must be accompanied by an adult. All visitors must remain in public areas.

COVID-19 protocols

Our priority is the health and well-being of the Fermilab community, including our visitors. Please do not visit if you feel unwell or are experiencing symptoms.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place. Those visiting Fermilab do so at their own risk to such exposure.

During a Low and Medium Community Levels, masks are not required on site unless otherwise posted.

During High Community Levels, masks are required to access indoor areas.

Additional general public access information

Public visitors may enter Fermilab through either of two entrances: Pine Street in Batavia, Illinois, or the Batavia Road entrance in Warrenville, Illinois. Delivery trucks must use the Wilson Street entrance in Batavia; the Wilson Street entrance is closed to the public.

Upon presenting your ID at the security gate, you must tell the security officer the purpose of your visit.

Certain areas of the site and roadways are open to the public; others are accessible only with a Fermilab or DOE ID badge. If you need help finding your way around the site, the security officer can provide a map and directions to your destination. Roadways that are off limits to the public are clearly marked with signs.

Members of the public, including unbadged family members of Fermilab employees, users and affiliates, may only access buildings on a scheduled Education and Public Engagement Office tour or planned event, with the exception of the Lederman Science Center and the areas of Wilson Hall listed above.

Business visitors may access the site with a trained escort and following applicable Fermilab policies.

More information regarding access and badging for employees, users, affiliates, business visitors and subcontractors can be found at: get-connected.fnal.gov.

For questions, please contact fermilab@fnal.gov.