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.

Learning how the MagLab makes powerful magnets.
Children making electromagnets.
Child playing with iron filings.
Learning about magnetic levitation.
Child exploring with magnets.
Creating smoke rings.
Rainbow bubbles demo at 2017 MagLab Open House
Flowers frozen in liquid nitrogen,


When: Saturday, February 22, 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.
Map: pdfView Demos' Map

Come see the world's largest and highest powered magnet lab during our FREE annual event that features fun for visitors of every age: hands-on demonstrations, self-guided tours of our fleet of world-record magnets, delicious food, and the chance to interact with our expert scientists. Get an up-close look at the world's strongest magnet - the 45 tesla hybrid - where there will be special demonstrations and performances throughout the day.

This year's theme - TIME - aligns with the MagLab's 25th anniversary and celebrates science past, present and future. Special time-themed experiences only available this year include the ability to turn back time with a laminar flow demonstration, timed radar races, crystals as timekeepers, ancient geological samples, and some special Dr. Who-inspired demos. We'll also have a travel through time scavenger hunt and a time vault where you can predict the future.

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.

Several other nearby FSU-affiliated institutions are also opening their doors that day, including the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, the Center for Advanced Power Systems, the High Performance Materials Institute, Florida Center for Reading Research, and the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion.

Image Gallery: 2019 Open House

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Last modified on 19 February 2020