SLAC Laboratory Tours

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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
* Dining Facilities

Contact Information:

SLAC Public Affairs Office
Mail Stop 70, P. O. Box 4349
Stanford, CA 94309
Telephone: 650/926-2204
Fax Number: 650/926-5379

For a SLAC Tour

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.

For a Group Tour

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.

Special Requirements for Young People's Tours

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 guide:

11-13 30 (one bus load) One for each 15 children
13-17 70 (two bus loads) One for each 20 children

Evening Tours and the Speaker's Bureau

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.

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.

Visitor Center Hours

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

Dining Facilities

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

Nina Stolar