Guided and Self-Guided Tours

Free Tours

Get to Know Tours

Fermilab offers tours to people, ages 10 and older. Children between 10 and 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult. These restrictions are for safety reasons. Only Summer Sunday tours require registration.

Get to Know Fermilab tours are held on:

- Wednesdays year-round at 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Arrive Early, Parking is Limited. Lunch is available in the Fermilab Cafeteria; requires no registration.
- the third Sunday of the month during the summer at 1:00-3:00 PM.
The cafeteria is closed; Summer Sunday tours require registration because space is limited. Check the calendar for dates and registration.

Visitors meet in the Wilson Hall atrium for an introductory tour of the Lab. Please arrive on-site 15 minutes early to allow time for parking and making your way to the 1st floor of Wilson Hall in time for the tour. Fermilab is a busy lab so parking spaces fill up quickly with employees and visiting scientists.

Get to Know the Lederman Science Center held the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to noon. Families meet a docent at the Center for a guided tour of exhibits that explore Fermilab science from a kid's point of view.

Ask-a-Scientist Tours

Every first Sunday of the month, Fermilab offers tours and Q&A after a lecture. Complete details. A Spanish version of Ask-a-Scientist ( Pregunte a un Cient´┐Żfico ) is available twice a year.

DZero & Tevatron Tours

Every first Tuesday of the month at 1:30 PM, Fermilab offers a tour of the DZero detector, experiment and Tevatron for ages 14 and older. Complete details

Self-guided Tours

Fermilab's exhibit and viewing areas on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Just sign in at the reception desk in the Wilson Hall atrium. You also can explore the public-access portion of Fermilab's natural areas via car, bike and on foot during the site's opening hours.

K-8 Field Trip and High School Tours

Other tours available are K-8 Field Trip Tours that are part of established field trips and High School Tours.

Fee-based Tours

Private and College Tours by Appointment

For groups of 10 or more, tours are by appointment and must be arranged at least three weeks in advance. Please fill out a Private Tour Request Form. A tour begins in Wilson Hall. Visitors view the Laboratory from the 15th floor windows and visit various displays located there. The tour moves to the Linear Accelerator building where visitors see the components in pre-accelerators gallery and the Main Control Room. There is a docent for every 20 people with a charge of $50 per docent.

Contact: Lori Haseltine (630) 840-5588,