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CERN Univers de particules

Route de Meyrin | Ginebra, Geneva CH-1217, Switzerland
41-22-767-76-76
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Ranked #2 of 26 Activities in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Science Museums
Owner description: CERN, in Geneva, is the world’s largest particle physics research centre. CERN has recently brought into service the world’s most powerful... more » Owner description: CERN, in Geneva, is the world’s largest particle physics research centre. CERN has recently brought into service the world’s most powerful accelerator, the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), which will provide new insights into the Universe and how it evolved. The entire Universe is made up of particles. But where do they come from? What laws govern their behaviour? The purpose of the "Universe of particles" exhibition is for visitors to confront the great questions of contemporary physics : a journey to the Big Bang. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Visited CERN on the off chance of seeing the LHA, but this is not available to view (the tour event, which has to be pre-booked, covers some of its predecessors). Spent the afternoon in the 'museum' which had masses of intriguing press material, explanation, diagrams and pictures, together with DVD's of the tunnel and accelerators, and a demonstration of 'low-temperature'... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Easy to visit from Geneva, the final stop on the #18 tram from the main train station, takes about 20 minutes. Free tours of the exhibits are available but we enjoyed going through at our own pace. It didn't take long but was interesting to see some particle physics concepts demonstrated practically and interactively, and to see some real components... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I really wanted to love this place since I am a scientist/engineer, but I feel like there are a lot of improvements that could be made to make the free guided tour better. Most notably, the tour is too long/has too few stops to warrant such a long tour. How to get there: CERN is the last stop on the... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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36 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Thanks to TA forums, we could join a group and visit the CERN LHC (Large Hadron Collider) this month. It was a great opportunity since the LHC won't be open for visit from October until 2018! The tour was quite well organised. First we had a 50 minutes presentation on what is CERN and what it is doing. Then each... More

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Leidschendam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This place was very inspirational! We were so lucky that we could go with the guided tour. We didn’t know we had to book. It's so amazing people can build such amazing things. See the world through another view! If you are in Geneva or nearby, go visit CERN. You must have seen this place once in your live!!

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I visited with a group of school students and we thoroughly enjoyed our day. The 2 hour tour included an introductory talk, followed by tours of two of the experiments. All the tour guides were very knowledgable, although at times the science they discussed was difficult for some students to follow. Both of the museum exhibitions were well presented and... More

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is the place where World Wide Web or www originated. One would know only after reaching here why thats so critical to operate this huge lab. Great to see how particles from outer space hit earth and monitor their intensity etc. Note however, one need to book the slot well MONTHS in-Advance. Also, if you really want to see... More

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Norway
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

If you are interested in science, CERN is great place to visit. Even the self-guided tour give you a excellent overview. Easy to get by public transport from city center (last stop of tram number 18).

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Southampton
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

You have to book early (you can book up to two weeks in advance) but it is well worth booking on to the guided tour. The researcher who led our tour worked on the ATLAS experiment and so was very knowledgable, and answered all of our questions well and in lots of detail. Our two hour tour consisted of a... More

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Miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I had the opportunity to visit CERN, but all the guided tours were fully booked for the days I was in Geneva. Wandering about the exhibits on a self-guided tour was still a great experience. The exhibits are quite interesting and contain a great deal of information. I think this is a great way to spend 2-3 hours while in... More

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