Come one, come all to Fermilab’s Community Open House on Sept. 23

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  • Andre Salles, Fermilab Office of Communication,, 630-840-6733
Registration is now open for the laboratory’s largest family-friendly behind-the-scenes event in decades.

Fifty years of scientific discovery is a good reason for a celebration. And that’s just what the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has in store on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration is now open for the largest open house Fermilab has hosted in 20 years. Intended to mark the lab’s 50th anniversary, the Community Open House offers a rare opportunity to see the science of the laboratory up close and to tour areas not normally open to the public. This event is family-friendly. Everyone is welcome!

Attractions will include behind-the-scenes tours, science demonstrations and hands-on activities for kids of all ages. The Muon g-2 magnet, which was transported from New York to Fermilab in 2013 and recently began taking data, will be open for visits. You’ll get to see live video chats with scientists in France, Chile and South Dakota, where construction for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment is under way.

Fermilab’s partners in science, technology, engineering and math in the Chicagoland region will also be on hand, including regional museums, colleges, universities and companies. Fermilab’s own Mr. Freeze will be chilling in Ramsey Auditorium, performing his (very) cool liquid-nitrogen demonstrations. Nature lovers can hike the tallgrass prairie and see the lab’s herd of bison.

The Community Open House offers something for everyone. Parking and admission are free. Registration is available on Fermilab’s website at Check back in mid-August for a full schedule of events.

Reporters wishing to attend and cover the open house should contact Andre Salles at 630-840-3351 or

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