Berkeley Lab Tour Information

Public Tour Information for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Tour date: Third Friday of every month from January – November (See public tours web page drop-down list for available Fridays)
Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm (2 hours and 30 min. although it could be slightly longer)
Meeting Place: See Tour Details #1 below.

Tour Details

1. Where does the tour begin?
To enter the Lab, you must take the chartered Berkeley Lab shuttle that will be marked “Special.”
You will board the shuttle in downtown Berkeley on Shattuck Ave. at the Lab shuttle stop marked with a blue sign between Center and Addison Streets (in front of the Sandwich Zone restaurant at 2117 Shattuck Avenue and Scandinavian Designs).
Note: Shattuck Ave. splits into two one-way streets going north and south between Center Street and University Avenue. We will meet on the Shattuck Ave. that is one-way going north; also the closest one to the University. This section of Shattuck Ave. is also referred to as Berkeley Square.

Click here to view a map
View directions for walking from BART to the meeting spot.
Please do not be late.

2. Can I take BART?
The Downtown Berkeley BART station is conveniently located one block from the meeting spot.
Also on the public tours web page is a map with directions for walking from BART to the meeting spot at the Lab shuttle stop on Shattuck Ave.

3. Where can I park my car?
Public parking is available at several nearby lots in downtown Berkeley. We recommend the City of Berkeley Center Street Garage.
For more information, see the City of Berkeley parking webpage

4. What must I bring to get into Berkeley Lab?
You must show a photo ID, such as driver’s license or passport, to the tour guide in order to board the shuttle to the Lab.

  1. Tour participants’ names must be on the tour list in order to attend. Please confirm that the name and citizenship you signed up with matches the information on your photo ID.
  2. A young adult without a photo ID may only join the tour if accompanied by an adult with a photo ID.

5. How do I cancel my tour reservation?
If you are not able to attend the tour, contact the Protocol Office as soon as possible at (510) 486-5859.  This will allow us to give your spot to someone on the waiting list.

6. How will my guests obtain information about the Lab tour?
If you enrolled another person for the Lab tour, and you did not provide his or her email, then you are responsible for communicating this information to him or her.

7. How much does the tour cost?
The tour is free.

8. How should I dress for the tour?
Please wear comfortable, flat, closed-toed shoes and slacks. High heeled shoes are not allowed.

9. Can I bring a camera?
Yes. You may take pictures at any time during the tour.

10. Can I bring children?
The Public Tour was developed for persons 16 years and older. Those aged 16 or 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
Parents with young children are encouraged to visit the Lawrence Hall of Science. See the website below for more information: