tours

To discuss the feasibility of a tour of Jefferson Lab, please contact the Public Affairs Office.

 

Tours at Jefferson Lab


Jefferson Lab conducts research 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tours of the accelerator, experimental halls and Free-Electron Laser (FEL) are based upon availability of those areas. When the accelerator is shut down for maintenance, tours may be scheduled if they do not interfere with planned work.

Tours of the SRF Test Lab, the Machine Control Center, and windshield tours of the accelerator site are possible throughout the year.

In order to participate in a tour, visitors must present identification compliant with the federal REAL ID Act. See “Schedule a Tour,” below, for more information on the REAL ID Act. In addition to carrying a REAL ID-compliant identification, visitors participating in tours must be at least 18 years old and wear low-heeled, closed-toe shoes and long pants.

International visitors to Jefferson Lab must carry their passports or visas with them.

Open House is the only time when visitors under 18 can tour the lab. Jefferson Lab typically offers an Open House for the general public every other year. During Open House, no registration of visitors is required. The next Open House is scheduled for 2016.

Please allow at least two weeks notification for a tour of Jefferson Lab. Minimum size for a scheduled tour is 5 people. Cameras and smartphones are always welcome! We look forward to your visit to Jefferson Lab.

Schedule a Tour


Community and University Group Tours of Jefferson Lab

  1. Tours for groups may be organized or approved by the Public Affairs Office.
  2. In order to participate in a tour, visitors must present identification compliant with the federal REAL ID Act. The following link will help you determine whether your state’s drivers' licenses and IDs are compliant with the federal REAL ID Act. If a visitor does not possess a state-issued driver’s license or ID card that is compliant with the REAL ID Act, the individual must present one of the other identifications listed on the Department of Homeland Security website. Note: College, university, and K-12 teacher and student picture IDs are not considered REAL IDs.  Picture IDs other than those listed in the referenced web sites will not be accepted as REAL IDs. Original documents are required for verification. Electronic (cell phone or tablet) and paper pictures of original documents (e.g. passports, green cards) will not be accepted as REAL IDs.
  3. All visitors are required to arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to allow time for ID verification.
  4. Visitors participating in tours must be at least 18 years old and wear low-heeled, closed-toe shoes and long pants.
  5. 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.
  6. Some facilities do not have elevators. Individuals taking a tour of the accelerator must be able to walk down and back up flights of stairs. Please view the additional tour safety awareness concerns.
  7. A tour of Jefferson Lab generally requires one to two hours to complete, depending on the areas to be toured.
  8. 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 identified as a State Sponsor of Terrorism by the U.S. Department of State 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.
  9. 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 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

General Public Open Tours


In addition to scheduled tours, Jefferson Lab offers open tours to the general public upon availability. These are one-hour tours that will consist of stops at the Machine Control Center, the SRF Test Lab, and a windshield tour. This tour does not include the accelerator tunnel or experimental halls. Up to 10 people can sign up per tour and must register in advanced. For available dates and times, select from the drop down menu below. For any additional information, please email tours@jlab.org

  1. In order to participate in a tour, visitors must present identification compliant with the federal REAL ID Act. The following link will help you determine whether your state’s drivers' licenses and IDs are compliant with the federal REAL ID Act. If a visitor does not possess a state-issued driver’s license or ID card that is compliant with the REAL ID Act, the individual must present one of the other identifications listed on the Department of Homeland Security website. Note: College, university, and K-12 teacher and student picture IDs are not considered REAL IDs.  Picture IDs other than those listed in the referenced web sites will not be accepted as REAL IDs. Original documents are required for verification. Electronic (cell phone or tablet) and paper pictures of original documents (e.g. passports, green cards) will not be accepted as REAL IDs.
     
  2. All visitors are required to arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to allow time for ID verification.
     
  3. Visitors participating in tours must be at least 18 years old.
     
  4. All visitors must wear low-heeled, closed-toe shoes and long pants. Sandals, open-toe shoes, high-heels, shorts, dresses, and skirts are not permitted.
     
  5. There is no five person minimum to sign up for the General Public Open Tours. Individuals and small groups may register.
July thru September are currently listed

 

School Group (K1-12) Visits


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

Take a virtual tour of Jefferson Lab.