Tours and Open Houses

Tours and Open Houses

If you are curious about what happens in a rare isotope facility and why, there is no better way to discover more than by touring. NSCL offers tours by appointment for interested groups. Public tours generally include demonstrations, an introduction to the goals and methods of nuclear science, and a walk-through of vaults where nuclei are accelerated, filtered and/or studied. View unfilled tour times and apply online (note: these are available times, not currently-scheduled tours). For best results, we recommend applying for public tours at least one month in advance.

  • Recommended Audience: Ages 10 and up. Visitors under 18 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. The tour route is handicap-accessible and safe for those with medical implants.
  • Group size: 10-50 visitors, with rare exceptions. Please provide your best estimate of the number of visitors so we can recruit sufficient guides for your tour.
  • Duration: 90 minutes (can vary, but requires at least one hour).
  • Cost: Free.

Visiting groups should review the following:

  • NSCL Tour Instructions (a map to the laboratory, parking instructions, suggestions for visitors, and what to expect on the tour)
  • Minor Permission form (the adult responsible for bringing visitors who are under 18 MUST PROVIDE this upon arrival to tour NSCL)
  • NSCL Brochure (a general explanation of the laboratory)
  • Nuclear Science Resources (a primer on the subject, useful to prepare yourself and/or your group)

Open House

FRIB and NSCL hosted an open house on Saturday, 20 August 2016. We welcomed nearly 4,000 visitors to the Lab!

Every few years, our laboratory opens its doors to the community to share what nuclear science is and how our work helps solve some of the greatest mysteries in the universe. These events are an unprecedented look behind the scenes at nuclear research. Open houses are free and open to all ages, no appointment necessary.

Read more about the Open House here!

Questions? Contact the Outreach Coordinator at