Open House

It's official... MagLab Open House will return on Saturday, February 25, 2023! Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming event.

IIn the meantime, explore our more than 20 free, live virtual events, video demonstrations of your favorite flagship demos, behind the scenes, all-access video tours and a half-dozen web-based games for visitors of all ages here anytime you'd like to bring MagLab Open House right to your house! 


Behind the Scenes - All Access

Explore the MagLab like never before with these 360 degree videos featuring spaces usually only accessible to the experts.

  • The MagLab Plant in 360 degrees

    Click and drag to look around the plant in 360 degrees to see our chillers, cooling pumps, water treatment devices, helium and air compressors, an electrical switchgear, heat exchangers and other special equipment needed to support the world's most powerful magnets.

    Length: 3:01

  • Helium Recycling in 360 degrees

    Drag your screen around to see 360 degrees of the MagLab's equipment to capture, purify, and reliquefy helium.

    Length: 1:09

  • World's Strongest Magnet in 360 Degrees

    Drag your video to see the 45 tesla magnet in full 360 degrees & see what only the world's leading physicists see when they conduct experiments on this magnet system.

    Length: 5:21

  • Millikelvin in 360 degrees

    Drag your screen around to see the lab's Millikelvin Facility in 360 degrees, but know that inside these magnets, physicists perform experiments at some of the coldest temperatures on the planet… within 7 thousandths of a Kelvin above absolute zero.

    Length: 2:25

Virtual Demos

See eye-popping demonstrations in action and learn the science behind them.

  • Shrinking Quarter Machine

    A MagLab physicist and engineer pair up to demonstrate the lab's famous Quarter Shrinking Machine, a loud, stinky illustration of electrodynamics, circuits, Lenz’s Law and Lorenz forces.

    Length: 7:56

  • Potato Launcher

    An up-close view of a favorite Open House demo, carbo-loaded with information on how the pneumatic potato launcher works.

    Length: 1:58

  • Junkyard Magnet

    Watch a junkyard magnet squash water jugs and melons using the power of electromagnets.

    Length: 2:40

  • Make an Electromagnet

    Learn how to make a simple electromagnet right at home.

    Length: 1:34

  • Eddy Currents in Action

    What happens when different materials are released in the finge fields of the world's strongest magnet? It's a race that appears to defy gravity, but is instead an amazing way to see the effect of eddy currents on metals.

    Length: 2:36

  • Tesla Coils

    What's behind these cool purple sparks? Neat science about resonance and transformers.

    Length: 3:28

Recorded live sessions

  • Virtual Field Trip

    Length: 1:07:00

  • The Story of Attraction

    Length: 50:05

  • Scientist Speed Session with Dr. Matt Eddy

    Length: 45:30

  • Kitchen Chemistry

    Length: 59:22

Games & Interactive

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    Play Puzzles

    Scientific discovery can be a little like a puzzle. Scientists have to process all of their data and put the pieces together in just the right way to see the full picture of their finding.

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    Reveal Veggie MRI

    Can you guess the food by looking at an image taken in our world's most powerful MRI magnet?

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    Sound at the Lab

    Want to hear all about science at the MagLab? Lend us an ear.

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    Attack of the Acronyms

    Acronyms (and their less cohesive cousin, initialisms) are one of scientists’ favorite communication tools. But their use — or overuse — can torpedo the chances of readers actually comprehending what is written.

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    Fun & Games with Data

    High-field data comes in a boggling array of shapes, squiggles and colors. Play along as we try to figure out what it all means.

Last modified on 28 November 2022