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Community and University Group Tours of Jefferson Lab

  1. All tours are organized or approved by the Public Affairs Office.
  2. To discuss the feasibility of a tour of Jefferson Lab, please contact Mike Robbins, Public Affairs Office. Tours are scheduled for Mondays through Fridays (except federal holidays) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  3. Tours of the accelerator, experimental halls and Free-Electron Laser (FEL) are conducted upon availability of those areas. The accelerator operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 10 months out of every year, and is not available for tours during that time. The accelerator is usually shut down for maintenance for one month each spring and fall. Tours of the accelerator, experimental halls and FEL may be scheduled during these yearly maintenance down times, as long as the tour does not interfere with the planned work scheduled for the various areas.
  4. Although the accelerator is not open very often, Public Affairs does offer tours of the Test Lab, where accelerator components are designed, tested and built; the Machine Control Center, from which the accelerator is run; a windshield tour of the accelerator site; and often one of the FEL laboratories. These tours are conducted when site access is feasible and must be scheduled through the Public Affairs staff listed above.
  5. All visitors are required to carry their photo ID, be 18 years or older, wear low-heeled, closed-toe shoes and provide proof of citizenship, when applicable.
  6. All visitors are required to arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to allow time to complete the visitor information sheet. Depending on the size of the group this form can be completed in advance of the scheduled tour date. Public Affairs will discuss the details with you once the tour is confirmed.
  7. A minimum of five people are required for an organized tour. Once there is an agreed upon number of attendees in the group, any change in that number must be approved by Public Affairs, 24 hours in advance of the scheduled tour.
  8. The accelerator does not have an elevator. Individuals taking a tour of the accelerator must be able to walk down and back up five flights of stairs. A visitor has the option of remaining on the tour bus and not going on this portion of the tour if he/she is unable to walk down and up the stairs. Individuals who are not able to complete this portion of the tour must alert the JLab tour guide in advance, so the Lab can have the manpower resources required for visitor escort. Please view the additional tour safety awareness concerns.
  9. A tour of Jefferson Lab generally requires one to two hours to complete, depending on the areas to be toured.
  10. Jefferson Lab's next Open House is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2014. Open House is the only time when visitors under 18 can tour the lab. Jefferson Lab aims to offer an Open House biennially.
  11. If the federal government national threat level should rise to orange or higher before your scheduled tour, please contact Public Affairs to make sure that the tour can still be conducted and/or to determine if there are additional security requirements.
  12. Important Notice for JLab visitors who were born outside the United States:
    U.S. Department of Energy headquarters' approval is required before any persons, not of U.S. citizenship, whose country of birth is Cuba, Iran, Sudan or Syria can enter DOE facilities, including Jefferson Lab. Visitors from these countries may not be on site or tour Jefferson Lab without first going through this formal approval process that requires appropriate justification. This process may take up to six (6) months.

    International visitors touring Jefferson Lab must carry their passports with them.

School Group (K1-12) Visits

Education opportunities are available for school groups (K-12) through the Science Education Department, by appointment. Contact Telesha Brown.

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