9 June 2009

Magnet Lab to offer free, monthly tours to the public

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — If you're curious about what goes on inside the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, you no longer have to wait for the lab's annual Open House to get a peek at the facility's world-record magnets.

Starting Wednesday, June 17, the lab will host standing public tours of the facility on the third Wednesday of every month. No reservations are required – just show up and check in at the reception desk.

Once inside the magnet lab, visitors will understand what attracts hundreds of scientists from around the world to Tallahassee to conduct research using custom-made, multimillion-dollar magnets. The tours – which will start at 11:30 a.m. and last about an hour – include a general overview of the lab and the research conducted, as well as explanations of the different types of magnets.

Visitors don't even have to skip lunch to take the tour. Soup, sandwiches, salads and more are available at the Starbucks in the lab's atrium lobby.

The Magnet Lab is located at 1800 E. Paul Dirac Drive in Tallahassee's Innovation Park. From Doak Campbell Stadium (at the intersection of Gaines Street and Lake Bradford Road), travel south on Lake Bradford to the third traffic light. Turn right on Levy Avenue and proceed straight until the road ends at East Paul Dirac Drive. The laboratory will be directly ahead.

From Interstate 10 and Route 263 (Capital Circle Northwest), take I-10 to Exit No. 196. Go south on Capital Circle Northwest. Continue through the intersection with State Road 20. At the next traffic light, turn left onto Route 371, also known as Orange Avenue. Turn left at Pottsdamer Street and go approximately 1 mile. The magnet lab will be straight ahead when Pottsdamer Street ends at East Paul Dirac Drive.