tours at jefferson lab



Welcome to the Jefferson Lab tours page

The facilities at Jefferson Lab are used to carry out research 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tours are available for college, university, and professional community groups of five or more (15 max.) with at least two weeks advance request and are offered into the Accelerator and Experimental Halls, Superconducting Radiofrequency (SRF) Institute in the Test Lab, and the Machine Control Center, depending on availability.

Tours can be scheduled on weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and generally require two hours to complete, depending on the areas to be toured. Please note that we do not offer tours on weekends or holidays. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are dependent on facility and staff schedules. Please note that we are unable to accommodate groups of more than 15 people without provided transportation. Tours cannot be accommodated to anyone under the age of 18 years old.

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. All visitors are required to arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to allow time for ID verification.

For any additional information, or to schedule a tour, please email

Required Documentation

In order to participate in a tour, visitors must present identification compliant with the federal REAL ID Act. Original documents are required for verification. 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.

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 to Jefferson Lab must carry their original passports or visas with them. Electronic (cell phone or tablet) and paper pictures of original documents (e.g. passports, green cards) will not be accepted as REAL IDs.

Guidance for Elected Officials

As a Department of Energy national laboratory, visits to Jefferson Lab are subject to the provisions of the Hatch Act. Elected officials and other visitors are discouraged from displaying campaign paraphernalia and/or conducting campaign activities while on-site. Officials are also asked to limit personal guests to a minimum of personal assistants and/or security personnel.

Cancellation Notice

Jefferson Lab reserves the right to cancel or postpone tours due to unforeseen circumstances that would make it infeasible to conduct a tour. Should it become necessary to cancel or postpone a tour, the Communications Office will use all reasonable efforts to notify the group point of contact or individuals signed up for the tour.

School Group (K1-12) Visits

While Jefferson Lab does not offer tours for anyone under the age of 18, throughout the year we do offer an engaging, informative and entertaining presentation that includes a brief interactive summary of the science and technology at Jefferson Lab followed by a cryogenics and plasma presentation.

Please click the following link to see the schedule and select a date:  (New schedules populate every September.)

For more information about activities for students please go to: