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

Spend the day at our world-class research lab experiencing the drama, comedy and mystery of science! As the only lab of our kind in the United States, don't miss this free event where we will be rolling out the red carpet for science complete with more than 100 hands-on science demonstrations for kids and adults of all ages! Come see the cutting edge technology used in movie making from the FSU College of Motion Picture Arts alongside the world's strongest magnets and the science celebrities who use them at Open House 2017!

  • Overview

    2017 OPEN HOUSE

    When: Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Where: MagLab, 1800 E. Paul Dirac Drive, Tallahassee (see Google map)
    Cost: Free! But please bring a canned good to donate to America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of the Big Bend.

    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.

  • Open House Map


    View or download thepdf Open House map.

  • 2017 Community Partners

    • Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park/ Florida State Parks
    • BLAST - Big Bend / Leon Association for Science Teaching
    • Capital City Rowing
    • College of Motion Picture Arts
    • FAMU-FSU Society of Women Engineers
    • FSU Center for Developmental Science
    • Florida Wildlife Commission
    • Gulf Specimen Marine Lab
    • LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts
    • Leon County Schools
    • Making Awesome
    • MoLab, Inc.
    • "OctoPiRates" SAIL HS Robotics
    • Raley's Confectionary
    • Science on the Move
    • Sea-to-See
    • Southeast Archeological Center
    • St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge USFWS
    • Tallahassee Amateur Radio Society (TARS)
    • Tallahassee Astronomical Society
    • TCC Science Outreach
    • Tallahassee Museum
    • Tallahassee Scientific Society (TSS)
    • Tally Shorts
    • WFSU
  • 2017 Sponsors

    • Duke Energy
    • Indoor Environmental Management
    • Quantum Design
    • Seminole Golf Course & Club
    • VALIC
    • Visit Tallahassee
  • 2017 Food Trucks

  • Video: 2016 Open House Feedback Booth


  • Image Gallery: 2014 Open House

  • 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 17 February 2017