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Private Tours


January 4, 2021

LIGO HANFORD OBSERVATORY HAS SUSPENDED ALL OUTREACH ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING PRIVATE TOURS UNTIL JULY 2021.

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 until July 2021. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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


Tours are currently suspended. When we are able to reopen after the COVID crisis has passed, 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.