Fermilab's Spectacular 50th Anniversary Open House Is Sold Out

Fermilab’s Spectacular 50th Anniversary Open House Is Sold Out

Sadly, if you didn’t register for Fermilab’s fabulous 50th anniversary open house this weekend, you’re out of luck.

As many 20,000 people are expected to attend the event, which takes place from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, on the Fermilab campus. So be aware of potential traffic on Kirk Road and in the vicinity of Fermilab if you happen to be driving in the area.

A note on the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory website says clearly that “registration is closed.”

“If you missed your chance to register, don’t worry!” the website says.

Fermilab is open to the public every day of the week for self-guided tours. Free drop-in public tours are offered every Wednesday at 10 a.m., and the Ask-A-Scientist tour and lecture program takes place at 1 p.m. the first Sunday of most months.

Fermilab’s annual Family Open House takes place on Feb. 11, 2018. To learn more and register for these and many other STEM education, science and cultural events at Fermilab, visit events.fnal.gov.

It’s little wonder this weekend’s open house sold out. It’s a rare — maybe even unprecedented — opportunity to see the laboratory up close and tour areas not typically open to the public.

Fermilab is hosting tours, demos and hands-on activities for the whole family — there’s a little something for everyone of all ages to do or see. Guests can visit experiments, including the giant Muon g-2 magnet, learn all about Fermilab’s particle accelerators and experiments, visit the Lederman Science Education Center, see some of the facilities, and watch live video casts with science partners in France, Chile and South Dakota.

Participants can also have lunch, hike the lab’s restored tall-grass prairie, and say “hi” to Fermilab’s herd of bison — maybe even take in Mr. Freeze’s popular cryogenic show!

Follow along with the Open House and share your own experience using #Fermilabs50th or by tagging @Fermilab. While at tour stops, try out Fermi’s special Open House Snapchat filter!

If You Are Registered …

Enter the Open House from the east via Batavia Road or from the west via Wilson Street. After parking, you will take a short orientation tour, after which you can decide what sites you’d like to see.

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