Open House

Every February, the Magnet Lab invites the public to spend the day at this world-class research laboratory, and every February, they come by the thousands.

Children flint knapping at Open House.
Learning about eddy currents at Open House.
Cryogenics demonstration at Open House.
Tesla coil demonstration at Open House

The 2016 Open House is over! Thanks to the record crowd of 8,200 visitors! Check back in early 2017 to find out more about the February 2017 Open House.

This free event features something for visitors of every age: hands-on demonstrations, self-guided tours, activities from our educational partners, food, and the chance to meet and chat with our scientists and other MagLab staff. It's also a chance to do good for the community: The canned goods we collect as the unofficial price of admission go to America's Second Harvest Food Bank of the Big Bend.

Open House offers an up-close look at our record-breaking 45-tesla hybrid magnet, our 900-megahertz superconducting magnet and other powerful research instruments. A special Exploration Station features hands-on science fun designed especially for families with young children.

With information and activities targeting a variety of ages, this event has become a popular family outing and is a can't-miss opportunity to show children how fun science can be. That doesn't mean the fun and learning are over once our visitors leave. We've been busy building up online demonstrations of some of what you'll see at Open House, so you can extend and apply what you've learned long after the day's over.

Video: 2016 Open House Feedback Booth

Image Gallery: 2014 Open House

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2016 Open House by the Numbers


Number of visitors 8,200
Pounds of food collected for America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend 2,573
Number of performances of Mozart's Cosi fan tutti 4
Quarts of dairy products used to make Einstein Ice Cream 120
Number of science demonstrations 91
Pounds of potatoes fired in Potato Cannon 210
Number of participating organizations 20
Last modified on 10 March 2016