Visitors again welcome at Fermilab’s Ask-a-Scientist program

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  • Kurt Riesselmann, Fermilab Office of Communication,, 630-840-3351

Batavia – With site-access restrictions still in place, the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is introducing a new type of visitor’s pass to restart its popular Ask-a-Scientist program on Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program takes place on the 15th-floor viewing area of Fermilab’s Wilson Hall. Scientists will meet visitors to answer questions ranging from “What is dark matter?” to “Why does Fermilab have buffalo?”

Visitors can obtain the Ask-a-Scientist pass on Sunday afternoons at the west side entrance (Pine Street) of the lab. The pass allows unescorted visitors to drive to Wilson Hall and proceed to the 15th floor. The building remains closed to the public at other times. Further information is available at

Visitors are also welcome to use the Fermilab site for outdoor recreational use, daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Visitors can park their car at either the Pine Street entrance or Batavia Road entrance and access the Fermilab site by bike or by foot. The Fermilab site offers a variety of outdoor activities, from fishing to bird watching to hiking a mile-long prairie trail.

The Lederman Science Center, which features hands-on science displays for children K-12, is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fermilab is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory, operated by Universities Research Association, Inc.