Welcome to LIGO's Science Education Center

For Public and Community

Exhibit on Resonance

Students at exhibit on resonance

Want to visit LIGO, one of only 5 gravitational wave interferometers in the world (2 in the US)?    Unfortunately, we have had to cancel all public events due to the ongoing pandemic.  A decision will be made in January 2022 as to when we will reopen.

Once the pandemic is over, you may want to come on our Science Saturdays, on the third Saturday of each month.  During the Science Saturdays we  offer tours as well as time to explore in our professionally curated exhibit hall that has around 50 interactive science exhibits.  If however you have a rather large group (over 15), then we ask that you fill out a tour request form.  We offer different experiences for different groups whether you're a traditional school group, a home school, a community organization (scouts, church group, or other interest group), or just an interested member of the public.

We anticipate re-opening in the fall of 2021, but this will depend on the current pandemic conditions.


Why Go to LIGO?

To talk to a Scientist

To tour a Cutting Edge Research Laboratory

To experiment with the hands-on interactive science exhibits


Unfortunately we are very sensitive to vibrations, so prior to visiting you must first request a tour UNLESS you are coming on one of our Science Saturdays which occur the third Saturday of every month from 1 PM - 5 PM.



control room

A control room tour