Tour FAQs

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SLAC tours are open to anyone 12 years of age and above, with registration. Children 12-17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

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Tours last 90 minutes and are offered once a month, usually on Fridays at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. See our registration page for exact dates and times.

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Please visit our registration page to sign up for a tour.

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The tour generally includes a visit to the lab’s 2-mile long linear accelerator, and to the X-ray laser facility now powered by it. Availability of these operational research facilities is subject to changes and may influence tour locations.

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If you can’t make it to the tour you signed up for, please let us know as soon as possible so we can give your spot to someone on the waitlist. You can use your reservation confirmation email to access Eventbrite and cancel your reservation, or email us at tours@slac.stanford.edu. If a tour has to be cancelled, we will inform participants by email.

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Please wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes and long pants.

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You must have a valid government issued photo-ID, such as a driver’s license or a passport.

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Cameras can be brought on site and photography is permitted; however, we do not allow tripods on the tour.

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Please follow directions to the main gate on our directions page. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time.

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Tour guides are SLAC employees, scientists and engineers.

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Groups affiliated with schools and higher education institutes can request a tour using the educational tour request form. We currently do not offer tours for other groups, please check back here periodically for updates.

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Tours involve walking and climbing stairs, but can be adjusted to accommodate people with disabilities or people who require assistance. Please let us know in advance so we can make these adjustments, at tours@slac.stanford.edu

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