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Lawrence Livermore Lab Discovery Center

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory conducts some of the most innovative science and technology research in the nation—whether it's ensuring the performance of the nation's nuclear stockpile, developing capabilities to strengthen homeland security, cleaning up the environment, battling cancer, or deciphering the human genome.

The Laboratory's Discovery Center provides visitors with a window into our state-of-the-art research programs, computational capabilities, and experimental tools. Here you'll experience a broad-based display of our science and technology, as well as highlights of the Laboratory's history.

The Discovery Center, located off Greenville Road on Eastgate Drive , is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m., Lab holidays excluded.

On Saturdays, the Discovery Center is open from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call (925) 423-3272 for more information.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) offers tours of both its Main Site in Livermore and of Site 300, the Laboratory's explosives test facility just east of Tracy. Tour participants must be at least 18 years old. U.S. citizens need to register two weeks in advance. Non–U.S. citizens must register 60 days in advance. Tours by foreign nationals are subject to approval of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Livermore Main Site Tours

Tours of the Main Site offer visitors a view into some of our exciting state–of–the–art research programs and facilties. Tour stops may include: National Ignition Facility , the world's largest and most energetic laser; the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center ; and the Terascale Simulation Facility, home of some of the world's fastest supercomputers. See the tour flier for information.

Main Site tours start and conclude at the Laboratory's Discovery Center off Greenville Road in Livermore and involve extensive walking and standing. For your comfort and safety, please wear flat-sole, closed– toe and closed–heel shoes.

Tours are conducted on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. and last 2–1/2 hours (excluding holidays). Tour participants must be at least 18 years of age. The maximum number of visitors per tour is 14.

Please call the Community & External Relations Office with your tour request at (925) 422-4599.

School tours and Super Science Field trips are also available. See the Web for information.

Site 300 Tours

Site 300 is a 7,000 acre compound used by the Laboratory for non–nuclear explosives testing. Tour stops may include:

  • Western and northern vantage points for observation of the site and surrounding properties
  • Contained Firing Facility
  • Environmental remediation facilities and wetlands

Site 300 tours are normally held the first and third Friday of every month from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., excluding holidays. A minimum of six visitors is normally required to conduct a tour, and the participants meet in the Site 300 main parking lot, off Corral Hollow Road. The tour involves a significant amount of travel by van through rolling hills on windy roads. Once the driving tour starts, there are no restroom facilities. For your comfort and safety, please wear flat–sole, closed–toe and closed–heel shoes. The maximum number of visitors per tour is 13.

Please call the Community & External Relations Office with your tour request at (925) 422-4599.

Please note that certain Site 300 tour stops may not be available on your tour date due to work or construction in these areas.

WHAT WE DO

Our mission is to ensure the safety and security of the nation through applied science and technology in three key areas:

Nuclear Security — We ensure the safety, security and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent and work to prevent nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism

International and Domestic Security — We develop capabilities to counter terrorism and other emerging 21st-century threats and technologies to enhance U.S. military effectiveness and better protect the soldier

Energy and Environmental Security — We advance science to better understand climate change and its impacts and develop technologies supportive of a carbon-free energy future

HOW WE DO IT

Lawrence Livermore has earned the reputation as the Laboratory of choice for science and technology solutions to the most pressing national and global security problems.

At LLNL, physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers, computer scientists and other researchers work together in multidisciplinary teams to achieve technical innovations and scientific breakthroughs that make possible solutions to critical problems of national and global importance.

• We push the frontiers of knowledge to build the scientific and technological foundation that will be needed to address the national security issues of the future.

• We are a leader in transforming scientific breakthroughs and cutting-edge engineering into solutions to real-world problems.

• We excel in business and operations and our responsible stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.

Our Values. Laboratory employees share a set of values that guides the way we accomplish our work and the way we interact with each other, our colleagues, sponsors and stakeholders, and the public:

  • Passion for mission
  • Integrity and responsible stewardship of the public trust
  • Personal and collective responsibility for safety and security
  • Simultaneous excellence in science and technology, operations, and business practices
  • Balancing innovation with disciplined execution
  • Teamwork while preserving individual initiative
  • Intense competition of ideas with respect for individuals
  • Treating each other with dignity
  • A high-quality, motivated workforce with diverse ideas, skills, and backgrounds
  • Rewarding and recognizing performance
  • Commitment to the collective success of the Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is located at 7000 East Avenue in Livermore, California, a community in the Tri-Valley area of northern California, about 45 miles east of San Francisco. On this page, directions are given for visitors traveling from the three area airports: Oakland , San Francisco , and San Jose . 511 SF Bay Area provides instant online access to road, rail, and water transit information for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Note that all visitors to the Laboratory must first check in at the Westgate Badge Office.

From the Oakland International Airport

The Oakland International Airport is about 32 miles west of the Laboratory. Travel time from the airport to the Laboratory is about 50 minutes but can be longer during commute hours.

  1. Exit the airport and turn right on Airport Drive.
  2. Turn right at the intersection of Neil Armstrong Way to stay on Airport Drive.
  3. Turn right on 98th Avenue.
  4. Turn right onto the I-880 SOUTH on-ramp toward San Jose.
  5. Take the I-238 exit on the right toward Stockton/Fresno/I-580.
  6. I-238 turns into I-580 EAST.
  7. Continue EAST on I-580 about 20 miles past Castro Valley, Dublin, Pleasanton, and most Livermore exits.
  8. To go to the Lab's Westgate Badge Office, take the Vasco Road exit. Keep to the right at the fork in the exit ramp. ( Directions to the Lab's Discovery Center are given below.)
  9. Travel SOUTH on Vasco Road about 1.5 miles.
  10. Turn left at Westgate Drive, the fifth traffic light on Vasco Road.
  11. Take the first right to the Laboratory's Westgate Badge Office, which is the first building to the right before passing the guarded entrance. All visitors must check in at this office prior to entering the Laboratory's main site.

From the San Francisco International Airport

The San Francisco International Airport is about 50 miles west of the Laboratory. Travel time from the airport to the Laboratory is about 1 hour and 15 minutes but can be longer during commute hours.

  1. As you exit the airport, take I-101 SOUTH toward San Jose. Drive about 6.4 miles.
  2. Take the CA-92 exit to Hayward/Half Moon Bay.
  3. Keep left at the fork in the ramp, and take the CA-92 EAST exit toward Hayward. Continue east on CA-92 over the San Mateo Bridge.
  4. Take the I-880 NORTH exit toward Oakland.
  5. Take the I-238 NORTH/I-580 EAST exit.
  6. Keep to the right, and take the I-580 EAST exit on the right toward Stockton.
  7. Continue EAST on I-580 about 20 miles past Castro Valley, Dublin, Pleasanton, and most Livermore exits.
  8. To go to the Lab's Westgate Badge Office, take the Vasco Road exit. Keep to the right at the fork in the exit ramp. ( Directions to the Lab's Discovery Center are given below.)
  9. Travel SOUTH on Vasco Road about 1.5 miles.
  10. Turn left at Westgate Drive, the fifth traffic light on Vasco Road.
  11. Take the first right to the Laboratory's Westgate Badge Office, which is the first building to the right before passing the guarded entrance. All visitors must check in at this office prior to entering the Laboratory's main site.

From the San Jose International Airport

The San Jose International Airport is about 36 miles southwest of the Laboratory. Travel time from the airport to the Laboratory is about 1 hour but can be longer during commute hours.

  1. Exit the airport
  2. Take the I-880 NORTH on-ramp. Drive about 7 miles.
  3. Take the CA-237 EAST/Mission Boulevard exit. Drive about 1 mile.
  4. Take the I-680 NORTH exit toward Sacramento. Drive about 16 miles.
  5. Take the I-580 EAST exit toward Stockton.
  6. Continue EAST on I-580 past Pleasanton and most of the Livermore exits.
  7. To go to the Lab's Westgate Badge Office, take the Vasco Road exit. Keep to the right at the fork in the exit ramp. ( Directions to the Lab's Discovery Center are given below.)
  8. Travel SOUTH on Vasco Road about 1.5 miles.
  9. Turn left at Westgate Drive, the fifth traffic light on Vasco Road.
  10. Take the first right to the Laboratory's Westgate Badge Office, which is the first building to the right before passing the guarded entrance. All visitors must check in at this office prior to entering the Laboratory's main site.

From I-580 to the Laboratory's Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is located on Greenville Road near the Laboratory's Eastgate entrance and is open to the general public Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Inside, visitors will find displays representing Lawrence Livermore programs in national security, energy and the biosciences, as well as information on the Laboratory's history as a pioneer in national research and development. To schedule a large-group tour outside the center's normal hours, call (925) 422-4599.

  1. From I-580 EAST, take the Vasco Road exit.
  2. Go south on Vasco and turn left at Patterson Pass Road.
  3. Turn right at Greenville Road.
  4. Turn right at Lupin Way, at the Laboratory's east entrance.
  5. Turn left into the Visitors Center parking lot, before the guard gate.

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