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Tours of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) are conducted
several times a week for the public, generally at 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. Tours take about two hours and are offered free of charge as a public service with an advance reservation.
The SLAC tour schedule is heavy and, unless your schedule is flexible, please request
a tour date as far in advance as possible.
To make a tour reservation or schedule a group visit, contact the
Public Affairs Office by calling 650/926-2204.
SLAC welcomes visitors and tour groups with all kinds of backgrounds.
Located adjacent to Menlo Park, the laboratory is west of the Stanford campus at
2575 Sand Hill Road, east of highway 280. Maps are provided on request.
Wheelchair accessible. Feel free to bring cameras on tour.
Please check with the attendant at the front gate on your arrival for where to park and ask where your tour begins. Your Tour Guide will greet you and your group will be given a presentation about SLAC, followed by a bus tour of the research facilities.
For a SLAC Tour
For a Group Tour
Special Requirements for Young People's Tours
Evening Tours and the Speaker's Bureau
Visitor Center Hours
Contact Information:SLAC Public Affairs Office
Mail Stop 70, P. O. Box 4349
Stanford, CA 94309
Fax Number: 650/926-5379
If your party consists of a few people (~15), the Public Affairs Office staff will add
you to a scheduled public tour of the laboratory. Tours are generally offered twice a week throughout most of the year. Reservations are
required and tours are not available on a drop-in basis. To make reservations contact the Public Affairs staff
by calling 650/926-2204.
If you have a group of fifteen or more people interested in a tour, contact the
Tour Coordinator to discuss mutually agreeable times. Limitations
on tours are that the entire tour must be completed during daylight hours and
that no other group has previously reserved the facility at the date and time you desire.
Special arrangements can be made for large groups; these require
considerable advance planning.
To schedule a group
tour we need to know the name, address and telephone number of the person
arranging the tour. We also need the organization name and background of the group members, the number of
people coming, and a list of the names and addresses of those in your tour group.
Please give the name list to the Tour Guide when you arrive.
A bus is needed for the site tour of the facility. If you are arriving by bus,
we will plan to use your bus(ses) for the site tour unless you have made other
arrangements with the Tour Coordinator. We need to provide a tour guide for each
bus; therefore, we need to know how many busses you will be bringing.
If you are coming to SLAC in private vehicles, we must know the exact number of
people in your group so we can provide suitable transportation. If you are
arriving by car, please carpool as parking at the facility is limited.
There is no age limitation for children accompanied by their parents; however,
experience has shown that those under 11 years old do not enjoy or profit from
the tour. If you have a group of younger children and strongly desire a group
tour, please contact the Public Affairs Office.
Tours can be arranged for children, but we must limit the total number of people per tour
and request the attendance of adults for supervision. The table below is a
If your group can only come in the evening, it is best to come as early as possible and
during daylight savings months. If you must come after dark, you will be given
an expanded presentation in the Auditorium, but no tour of the facilities.
||NUMBER OF ADULTS
||30 (one bus load)
||One for each 15 children
||70 (two bus loads)
||One for each 20 children
If your group is unable to visit SLAC, it may be possible for a speaker to come
to you. This would include an expanded introduction and presentation describing the research facilities. Arrangements must be made in advance and are limited by the
availability of an appropriate speaker for your group.
The SLAC Visitor Center has respresentative displays on the scientific programs of the laboratory. Open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., this facility is a wonderful place to visit for an introduction to the laboratory.
If a tour is not scheduled when you are available, the Visitor Center is a good place to view the technical developments and research efforts of the laboratory. To view the virtual Visitor Center on-line see the SLAC Welcome page on the world wide web at
Visitors may purchase lunch at the SLAC Cafeteria adjacent to the Auditorium
provided that arrangements are made in advance with the Cafeteria Manager. The
SLAC Cafeteria is normally closed on evenings and weekends. Special catering
arrangements can be made in conjunction with tours. For cafeteria reservations or further information on the menu and prices please call 650/926-2615.
4 January 1999