Science Education Center

Science Saturdays

On the first Saturday of every month from 10 AM - 4 PM, visitors are welcome to experience the LIGO Science Education Center's Science Saturdays.  These events are FREE, and you can just drop in anytime between 10 and 4 pm.  If you would like a tour, please arrive prior to 2:30 PM.  We offer tours weather permitting and approximately 50 interactive science exhibits.  We welcome individuals and small groups. 

Note: We do NOT take advance tour reservations, except for groups of 15 or greater.  If you have a group of 15 or more, reserve a tour here.

Currently there are no covid restrictions regarding the tours.

For directions to LIGO click here.

Additional information about tours.

  • You should plan on about an hour and a half for your visit. Guests should dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Photographs are welcome. However, we kindly request that you do not record/video staff members without their permission.
  • LIGO's Science Saturday is suitable for all ages.
  • LIGO’s facilities are wheelchair accessible, though you will encounter a slope during the site tour itself.
  • Science Saturdays require NO advance registration, or identification.  They are the one day a month LIGO is open to the public.
  • Each Science Saturday has a theme that the lobby exhibits reflect.  These themes are tied into the science and engineering around LIGO.

During your visit you will have a chance to explore many interactive exhibits housed in LIGO's Science Education Center (LIGO SEC). You will also visit be able to see artifacts from the detector as well as a view of the interferometer's 4km-long arms reaching into the loblolly pine forest. Questions are particularly welcome on the tour.

Science Saturday Exhibit Hall

A family enjoys the exhibit hall during Science Saturday

Upcoming Science Saturdays

May 4th, May the Force be with You!

June 1st, Lighting up the Summer

July 6th, Energized!