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Private Tours


MAY 11, 2020

LIGO HANFORD OBSERVATORY HAS SUSPENDED ALL OUTREACH ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING PRIVATE TOURS FOR THE DURATION OF 2020. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.

In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 both to the public and to staff, the LIGO Hanford Observatory is closed for all tours, field trips, and drop-in visitation of exhibits for the remainder of 2020.

We will post a re-opening date here and on the LHO home-page as soon as we have one.


Groups of 15 or more can schedule a private weekday tour of the observatory. We have provided such tours to a wide range of groups, including families, college organizations, teachers, conference attendees, scout troops, science clubs, and colleagues from other scientific research facilities such as PNNL. If you have a group of 15 or more who are interested in seeing LIGO, a private tour may be right for you.

During your visit you will see many interactive and static exhibits, including a full-scale engineering model of the "quad suspension" that is so critical to LIGO's success. You will also experience an extraordinary view of the interferometer's arms stretching 4 km (2.5 miles) off into the distance, get up close to a sample of the beam tube and its concrete enclosure, and visit the control room where you will learn more about our remarkable instrument.

 

To schedule a private tour fill out the form below:

If you have any questions, email outreach@ligo-wa.caltech.edu, or call 509-372-8248.