Tours and Open Houses

24 May 2021

In compliance with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Emergency Rules issued 24 May 2021, the FRIB Laboratory continues to limit on-site functions. Access to the facility is limited to designated employees, contractors, and scientific users. Access and permitted activities are subject to precautionary measures.

Tours and Open Houses

If you are curious about what happens in a rare isotope facility and why, a tour is the best way to discover more. Our laboratory offers tours of the research spaces by appointment for interested groups. Public tours generally include demonstrations, an introduction to the goals and methods of nuclear science, and a walk-through of vaults where nuclei are accelerated, filtered and/or studied. 

Contact the Outreach Coordinator to request a tour. Due to the large volume of requests, we recommend requesting public tours at least one month in advance.

  • Recommended Audience: Ages 10 and up. Adults responsible for visitors who are under 18 must provide the signed minor permission form below. The tour route is handicap-accessible and safe for those with medical implants.
  • Group size: to ensure tour quality and safety, we generally limit tours to 10-50 visitors per day. Please provide your best estimate of the number of visitors so we can recruit sufficient guides for your tour.

  • Duration: 90 minutes (can vary, but normally requires at least one hour).
  • Cost: Free.

Visiting groups should review the following:

Open House

Every few years, our laboratory opens its doors to the community to share what nuclear science is and how our work helps solve some of the greatest mysteries in the universe. These events are an unprecedented look behind the scenes at nuclear research. Open houses are free and open to all ages, no appointment necessary.

The most recent FRIB and NSCL open house took place 18 August 2018. Read the recap.

Questions? Contact the Outreach Coordinator at visits@nscl.msu.edu