Visiting Fermilab

Tours and Programs

Current Status of Access to Fermilab

Private guided tours are available for people high-school age and older, including university groups. To make an appointment or for a private tour, see the Education Office Guided Tours page for more information.

Public tours are regularly held on the first Sunday of the month (see Ask-a-Scientist below), and on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Be sure to check the calendar of tours and special events to confirm dates.

Ask-a-Scientist program on selected Sunday afternoons
Questions about Fermilab? About physics? Take your science questions straight to the experts. Enjoy a talk by a scientist and then take a behind-the-scenes tour of the laboratory. Check our recent announcements for the next tour.

Lederman Science Center
The Lederman Science Center offers hands-on science exhibits designed for students in grades 6-8. It is open to the public Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on some holidays. (Please call in advance to check on holidays.) Groups of six or more must book a visit by calling (630) 840-8258.

Tours of the Lederman Science Center take place on the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon.Visit the Guided Tours page for more information. For more information on these tours and other activities at the center, please visit the Lederman Science Center website.

Field trips
High school groups: Groups of 10-60 students are welcome. Please see the Education Office Guided Tours page for more information.

Middle and elementary school groups: Physical science and prairie ecology field trips are available for students in grades 3-8. Teachers must participate in a field trip program workshop before bringing their students. More information is available under "Field Trips, Study Units & Workshops on the Education Office Educators page.

Homeschooling groups: Please call the Lederman Science Center at 630-840-8258 to set up a visit.

Public events
Please visit out Public Events page for the latest information on public events at Fermilab, including the Performing Arts Series and the Fermilab Lecture Series.

Buffalo viewing and prairie trails
Visitors to the lab can walk along a couple of prairie trails near the Pine Street entrance (west side of the lab). Visitors are also welcome to view Fermilab's herd of about 30 buffalo seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. mid-October to mid-April and from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. when daylight hours are longer. Driving is restricted to roads within the public area. Visitors may enter from the Batavia Road or the Pine Street entrance. Inform the security guard that you plan to view the buffalo, and you will be given a site map.

Office of Communication
Designed to aid visitors, the Office of Communication, located on the east side of the first floor of Wilson Hall, has free literature about various aspects of the Laboratory.

Wilson Hall
Tour Visitors to the laboratory are welcome to visit the ground floor and atrium of Wilson Hall, the 16-story administrative building. The atrium offers an exhibit, a cafeteria (open Monday through Friday) and an information desk. The floors 2 to 16 are closed to the public. To take a tour of the 15th-floor viewing area, please sign up for a guided tour (see information above).

More information
More information on programs and events for the public are found under:
Education Office
Cultural Events
Special Events

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