Berkeley Lab Tours

There are a few options for visiting Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), each designed for specific individuals and groups:

Monthly Public Tours, BLEND (Berkeley Lab Exploration of New Discoveries) designed for students and teachers in Grades K-12 from Bay Area schools and undergraduate students from universities in the United States, and Private Tours. Tours of Berkeley Lab are free.

Public Tour

Berkeley Lab has monthly Public Tours held on the third Friday of every month between January – November. The Public Tour visits the Molecular Foundry, Advanced Light Source, and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC).

*As of April 2019, touring NERSC will be subject to availability based on ongoing construction that will continue into 2020. Staff from Berkeley Lab will communicate ahead of the tour date should a visit to NERSC be possible. Should a tour not be possible, guests will learn more about the Molecular Foundry and Advanced Light Source.*

Public Tours depart at 10:00AM from Downtown Berkeley on a Lab Shuttle Bus and return to Downtown Berkeley at 12:30PM. For a map with directions from the Berkeley BART station to the public tour shuttle bus stop in Downtown Berkeley click here.

The Public Tour was developed for persons 16 years and older. Those aged 16 or 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dates for the 2019 Public Tours are below. To register for a specific tour, please click here. Using Eventbrite, select one of the dates and register. All visitors must have a prior reservation in order to board the Lab Shuttle Bus to enter Berkeley Lab.

2019 Tour Dates

  • January 18
  • February 15
  • March 15
  • April 19
  • May 17
  • June 21
  • July 19
  • August 16
  • September 20
  • October 18
  • November 15

Please wear comfortable, flat, closed-toed shoes and slacks. High heeled shoes are not allowed. For additional information about Public Tours click here.

Schools: K-12 Groups

For information about STEM education programs for students or teachers grades K-12 from Alameda and Contra Costa county schools, please visit Berkeley Lab’s K-12 STEM Education and Outreach Programs.

Schools: Colleges and Universities

For students, faculty, and staff at U.S. community colleges or universities, please visit BLEND and fill out the online request form. For more information about our post-secondary education programs, please see visit Workforce Development & Education.

Private Tours

For Private Tours, we require that you send an email to [email protected] to inquire whether we will be able to accommodate. When inquiring please send as much information about your group, purpose, and requested date/time.

Groups are limited to 25 people and the final list of attendees (including name, title, affiliation, country of birth, and country of citizenship) must be sent to Berkeley Lab with a 30 day notice. All visitors will need to be vetted before being allowed on to Berkeley Lab.