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“A Fascinating Tour of World-Class Science Facilities”

Argonne National Laboratory
Reviewed 19 April 2018

After having considered a visit several years ago, my wife & sister-in-law & I finally signed up for a free public tour of the Argonne National Laboratory science facilities on a Saturday morning in April. From my first contact with their Manager of Community Relations to our cordial greeting at the visitor center to our in-depth 3-hour guided tour (by bus & on foot), we were treated as valued visitors & led through a behind-the-scenes look at the advanced research being done with the state-of-the-art tools spread across the ANL campus southwest of Chicago. Being a secure facility, you have to call ahead for tour reservations & bring along a valid photo ID so you can be badged for your escorted tour. But the process is painless & well worth what amazing things you'll see inside.

Our two tour guides were retired science educators, whose skills in explaining the science in layman's terms provided us & the other members of the tour (including an enthusiastic group of undergraduate physics students from the Missouri University of Science & Technology) with many facts & anecdotes related to the nuclear research and development that ANL has supported since 1946. The tour guides were both very friendly & encouraged visitor interaction, including a chance to engage with an Argonne Labs research scientist who explained his on-going project inside the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS) linear accelerator facility which we had the chance to see up close during our tour. Our tour also included a visit to & explanation of ANL's Advanced Photon Source (APS) with its huge particle accelerator storage ring and dozens of target beam steering extensions. The tour ended in their Nuclear Energy Exhibition Hall, where our guide told us about ANL's continuing contributions to nuclear energy research & industrialization of nuclear power.

I would strongly recommend scheduling a tour of ANL for inquisitive adults as well as for teenaged students who have an interest in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The people & the facilities & the world-class research at Argonne will make you proud to be supporting this national treasure.

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Reviewed 9 February 2017

This is a government facility so you cannot walk around all the areas, but there are several public walking and biking trails called Waterfall Glen you can use. It is very pretty especially in Fall! You will see wildlife like deer, coyotes and of course the occasional snake so be alert if you go off the paths!

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Reviewed 13 September 2016

the kids loved it at the open house that argonne had a couple of months ago. it was educational - they got to talk with physicists and engineers - they learned a lot and had fun to boot ;-)

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Reviewed 3 May 2016

ANL rarely opens its doors (the last open house was three years ago; next is May 21 2016). But you can book a trip there, and we did with an alumni group. 3 solid hours spent looking at the Advanced Photon Source, a particle accelerator, and a museum-like building focused on the first atomic reactor. ANL is really not a museum--there are 3,300 people there, half scientists, conducting current research. But that's the category that first best. If you're at all interested in science, or love tours with great guides, this is worth getting to.

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