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Programs: Self-Guided Tours


The following options are currently available to visitors who do not plan to take a guided tour.

Wilson Hall

If permitted by the current security conditions, visitors to the laboratory are welcome to visit the ground floor and atrium of Wilson Hall, the 16-story administrative building. The atrium offers an exhibit, a cafeteria and an information desk. The floors 2 to 16 are closed to the public. To take a tour of the 15th-floor viewing area, please sign up for a guided tour (see information above).

Prairie Trails and Buffalo Viewing

If permitted by the current security conditions, visitors to the lab can walk along a couple of prairie trails near the Pine Street entrance (west side of the lab) including the Margaret Pearson Interpretive Trail, a quarter mile self-guiding nature trail through a portion of Fermilab's restored prairie. Located on the north side of the Pine Street exit of the site, the trail is open to the public daily from 6:00 AM to 8 PM.

Visitors are also welcome to view Fermilab's herd of buffalo seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. mid-October to mid-April and from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. when daylight hours are longer. Driving is restricted to roads within the public area. Visitors may enter from the Batavia Rd. or the Pine St. entrance. Inform the security guard that you plan to view the buffalo, and you will be given map.

  • Lederman Science Center, Education Office
    Fermilab, P.O. Box 500, Batavia, IL 60510-0500
    (630) 840-8258,

Application Deadline: NA

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