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 6-12 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, new for 2018, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). 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.

We recommend that children be age 16 or older to participate in the Public Tour.

Dates for the 2018 Public Tours are below. To register for a specific tour, please click here (or copy/paste this into your browser: 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.

2018 Tour Dates:

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

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

Schools: K-12, Colleges and Universities

For groups of students or teachers grades 6-12 from Alameda and Contra Costa county schools, or for college undergraduates from two- or four-year institutions in the U.S., please click here to complete the online request form. For more information about our student and 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 no later than three (3) weeks prior to the visit. All visitors will need to be vetted before being allowed on to Berkeley Lab.