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Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Batavia, IL, USA
About Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
A visit to Fermilab includes a tour of several physics labs, highlighted by the world's highest energy particle accelerator.
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msmarieh wrote a review Nov 2019
Chicago, Illinois7 contributions
While there are many places that are not open to the public, this still a cool place to visit. Check out the bison! If you have any interest in Science (or other STEM careers), they often have Ask a Physicist programs, Open Houses, lectures and other special events. There are many programs for children - be sure to check out the education center. In addition, it has many cultural programs in their auditorium. If you ever get the chance to catch a Mr. Freeze presentation, do it!!!
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Date of experience: August 2019
Heather K-H wrote a review Jul 2019
Houston, Texas191 contributions108 helpful votes
Fermilab has been on our son's to see list for a couple of years. We were so glad to finally make it. Check their website for special events as they do hold lectures, teacher training, and guided tours on very set days. The famous building is open daily for the public to go to the 15th floor. Great views, several videos to watch, and some exhibits. On the 1st floor, there is also a few exhibits and they had posters my son and nephew could take. On the 2nd floor is a small art gallery. Another fun part is getting the map so you can drive to the pi-shaped power lines, a few large sculptures, and the field of bison! When we were there we saw 3 new bison calves! Note there are age restrictions for some of the guided tours but visiting the building on your own or the grounds has no restrictions and worth the stop!
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Date of experience: June 2019
Annaline wrote a review Feb 2019
Park Ridge, Illinois7,066 contributions496 helpful votes
I always bring here friends who are out of the area and know nothing about existence if this laboratory and surrendering grounds. It is open for visitors 7 days a week. You don’t pay to visit it. There is a great view from the 15th floor where displays and scaled mock up for tourists are located. It is just a great place. You can come here to see concerts or lectures which are usually free of charge or don’t cost much. Best check Fermilab website before you come here. A lot is happening here. Also you can bring kids with you. A lot of interesting activities for kids. There is also a pasture with bisons on the grounds.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Dee J wrote a review Feb 2019
Batavia, Illinois28 contributions12 helpful votes
I am continually blown away by what scientists are doing and have discovered at Fermilab. It’s a fabulous place to visit (scenery, buffalo herd, vista from the observation tower, art gallery, and following the docents around as they tour you through this terrific place). Fermilab has been a Godsend to Batavia, Kane County, and the State of Illinois. Not only is it open to the public but they host classroom events and field trips, schedule entertainment in the Ramsey Auditorium, and provide lectures to the interest of all. Your visit will not disappoint!
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Date of experience: June 2018
GerfnitAuthor wrote a review Dec 2018
Highland Park, Illinois784 contributions40 helpful votes
Our docent Cathy took five of us on the regular Wednesday tour but we were no ordinary group. One was an employee with a friend, and my buddy and I can speak technology well. Besides, the two of us are known for asking questions, which Cathy handled well. She added in a couple of extra stops to delight us, and she even chatted with me about my science fiction novels, since I told her one of my reasons for the visit was to stimulate story ideas. Next time (I will go back), I'll stop at their tourist store and get a FermiLab t-shirt with their cool magnet design. Expect to park at some distance from the main building because of all the employees and outside workers.
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Date of experience: December 2018