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Visit Jefferson Lab

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) is located at 12000 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News, Virginia. If you are visiting the lab for a  conference, a meeting, tour, or a special event, the links below can assist you in navigating the questions you may have about how to get here, how to stay safe while at the lab and the local area dining, entertainment and lodging surrounding Jefferson Lab.

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory. Scientists worldwide utilize the lab’s unique particle accelerator, known as the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF), to probe the most basic building blocks of matter - helping us to better understand these particles and the forces that bind them - and ultimately our world.

Tours of many of our research facilities are available for groups of five or more from colleges, universities and professional groups in the STEM disciplines who represent research partner institutions and who request a tour at least two weeks in advance of their preferred date.

We hope your visit with us is both safe and enjoyable. Jefferson Lab is classified as a low-hazard facility. This means the hazards encountered here are comparable to those typically found in an industrial setting. There are a few places on-site where minimal personal protective equipment (PPE) is required: hard hats, safety glasses, solid shoes (no open toes or high heels on tours), or hearing protection. All visitors must comply with posted safety notices and the instructions provided by their escort/tour guide.

Whether looking for a place to stay, eat or local entertainment, the City of Newport News has all the information you will need. The area surrounding the lab is full of great places to stay and eat within a convenient drive and walk.