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Mailed 6/2/97


Upton, NY -- To showcase the outstanding science produced over its 50-year history, the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory will sponsor a Community Open House, on Sunday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free, guided tours of Brookhaven's major facilities will be provided throughout the day. The tours will start at Brookhaven's Berkner Hall, where visitors can view "Quest," a ten-minute video that highlights Brookhaven's scientific research. Also, several exhibits, including a replica of the world's first video game, which was invented at Brookhaven in 1958, will be on display for visitors to try out.

Buses boarded at Berkner will run continuously around the site, taking visitors to as many stops as they wish, where they can stay as long as they like, as long as they return to Berkner Hall by 4:30 p.m.

Tour guides and volunteer Lab employees, including some of its top scientists, will be on hand to narrate the tours and answer questions about the Laboratory's present and past operations. Among the facilities that will be open to the public will be:

For a change of pace, visitors are welcome to view the BNL Art Society's Sidewalk Art Show at the Brookhaven Center, from noon to 6 p.m., featuring the art work of employees and other artists.

Visitors may take photographs for their own personal use. Refreshments will be available at the Laboratory's cafeteria in Berkner Hall until 2 p.m. For more information, call Brookhaven's Public Affairs Office at 344-2345.

Brookhaven National Laboratory carries out basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences and in selected energy technologies. BNL is operated by Associated Universities, Inc., a nonprofit research management organization, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.