Information about touring FRIB

Reserving a tour

  • Due to the large volume of requests, we recommend requesting public tours at least one month in advance.
    • Recommended audience: Ages 10 and up. Adults responsible for visitors who are under 18 must provide the signed minor permission form below. The tour route is handicap-accessible and safe for those with medical implants.
    • Group size: to ensure tour quality and safety, we generally limit tours to 10-50 visitors per day. Please provide your best estimate of the number of visitors so we can recruit sufficient guides for your tour.
    • Duration: 90 minutes (can vary, but normally requires at least one hour).
    • Cost: Free
  • Tours are offered by appointment: Contact FRIB Outreach Coordinator Zach Constan (517-908-7363, visits@frib.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

  • The Minor Permission form must be signed by the adult responsible for any guests under 18 on the day of the visit.
  • The Non-Public Tour Certification form 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 equipment 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 the FRIB Outreach Coordinator at least 72 hours before the tour.
  • Make sure you have enough adult chaperones; FRIB requires a minimum chaperone-to-child ratio of 1:7 for grades 4-6 and 1:10 for grades 7-8.
  • 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.

What to expect on a tour

  • Upon arrival at the FRIB lobby, a group representative should tell the receptionist they are here for a tour and give the name of the 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.
  • The tour typically begins with an extensive slideshow introduction with demonstrations in the FRIB Auditorium. Bathrooms are available next to that room.
  • If there are young students among you, each smaller group must have at least one adult chaperone to follow them.
  • If a group has more than 12 people, it will likely be broken up into smaller groups of up to 12 for the tour.
  • This is a walking tour; visitors will be on their feet for the duration.
  • 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.

Questions?

Contact the FRIB Outreach Coordinator at visits@frib.msu.edu.