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August 4, 2019

RHIC tunnel
children at STAR detector
STAR detector

All-Day Activities

Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider: Tunnel and STAR Detector

Visit the country’s only operating particle collider, where physicists study what the universe may have looked like in the first few moments after its creation! Facility tour, including RHIC tunnel and house-sized STAR detector, appropriate for ages 10+.

* Tour starts in Berkner Hall Room B. Bus transportation is provided to the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider; arrive by 2:30 pm for last bus.

In Berkner Hall Lobby:

  • Find out what's next for the PHENIX detector in Room D
  • Explore engineering, electricity and magnetism at Collider-Accelerator demonstration tables in the lobby
  • Join in the “Ask Me Anything” about careers in science! Ask your questions about physics research or what it’s like to be a scientist

Ages 8+

Electricity & Magnetism Demonstrations

Find out how electricity and magnetism make our accelerators work with interesting hands-on demonstrations from the Collider-Accelerator department! See a magnet defy gravity.

Ages 5+

Berkner Hall Lobby

Scheduled Activities

Mr. Fish’s Phenomenal Physics (Show)

Renowned circus performer presents astounding tricks that have scientific explanations. Doors open 15 minutes before show time.

12:00 pm • 1:30 pm • 3:00 pm

1 hour, All ages

Berkner Hall Auditorium

Be sure to arrive early as the auditorium fills quickly.

The “Hot” (and “Cold”) Science of RHIC (Talk)

Join Berndt Mueller, Associate Lab Director for Nuclear & Particle Physics, for this interactive and engaging talk about the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, its science, and what we have discovered about the universe from our experiments with it. Suitable for ages 12+.

12:30 pm • 2:30 pm

45 minutes, Ages 12+

Physics Seminar Room


Bus from Berkner Hall

Walk from Berkner Hall

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1½ mi. north of LIE Exit 68, Directions

Gates open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Buildings are wheelchair accessible

Questions? Call (631) 344-2651

Last Facility visit begins at 3 p.m. All activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visitors age 16 and over must bring a photo ID.

Our Café is open from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Our Gift Shop is open from 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Schedule is subject to change.