Information about touring FRIB

Reserving a tour

  • FRIB tours are free and typically last 45 minutes, but can be shortened or lengthened somewhat.
  • Visitors must be over 16 years of age.
  • Tours are offered by appointment: Contact NSCL Outreach Coordinator Zach Constan (517-908-7363, visits@nscl.msu.edu) to ask about scheduling a tour.
  • When scheduling, please provide the group/organization name, type of audience (adults, students, etc.), contact person, email address, and number of visitors (an accurate estimate).
  • While planning a visit, consider visiting other MSU attractions. Contact the MSU tour coordinators for assistance at tour.msu.edu.

Before coming/safety issues

  • Visit the NSCL tour web page for important information and linked files, including the following forms:
    • The Minor Permission form that must be signed by the adult responsible for any guests under 18 on the day of the visit.
    • The Non-Public Tour Certification form that must be provided by the group leader on the day of the visit.
  • The tour route is handicap-accessible and safe for guests with medical implants.
  • Visitors must wear long pants/skirts, closed-toe shoes and the personal protective vquipment provided (vest, hard hat, and safety glasses).
  • Photography is not allowed while touring the research space. However, there is a "photo wall" to take a group picture.
  • Guides perform a safety survey before every tour to ensure that visitors will receive no excess radiation exposure (beyond the normal background) while in the vaults.
  • If the attendance number in a group changes significantly from the original estimate, email Zach Constan at least 72 hours before the tour.
  • Use the directions to the laboratory to find parking and the laboratory entrance. Visitors often become lost on campus or can’t find the correct door to enter the building.
  • Read about nuclear science beforehand on the NSCL website to learn more before the tour.

What to expect on a tour

  • Upon arrival at the NSCL and FRIB lobby, a group representative should tell the receptionist they are here for a tour and give the name of the NSCL and FRIB contact. That person will meet the group in the lobby and escort the group into the laboratory.
  • The tour guide will want to know the level of physics a group understands and whether the group has any time limitations in case the tour runs over. Remember, a typical tour lasts 90 minutes, so plan accordingly.
  • If a group has more than 15 people, it will likely be broken up into smaller groups of up to 15 for the tour.
  • This is a walking tour; visitors will be on their feet for the duration.
  • If a tour visits the linear accelerator tunnel, the route will include 56 stairs down and up. Accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities.
  • FRIB is a working laboratory. On the day of a tour, some areas may be inaccessible.
  • A group may be joined with another one that requested a tour in the same time period.
  • In case of alarm, there will be lights and an announcement – evacuate to the nearest safe exit.
  • Always follow the directions of the tour guide.