Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


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Public Tours

Public tours of the NIF site can be arranged by contacting the LLNL Public Affairs Office at (925) 422-4599 (see Tours).


Get maps and directions to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Tours of NIF originate at LLNL’s Discovery Center, located off Greenville Road at Eastgate Drive.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is located off Vasco Road, near Interstate 580, in Livermore, California, about 50 miles east of San Francisco.

It is an easy drive from anywhere in the Bay Area, and convenient to San Francisco International, San Jose, and Oakland airports.

The Lab is one square mile in size, with a workforce of approximately 7,000 employees.

Because much of LLNL’s mission involves national security, entry is strictly regulated. Visitors must make prior arrangements and pick up a badge at the Westgate Badge Office in order to gain admittance to the Laboratory. Visitors and the news media should be aware of LLNL’s policies on photography and its rules for bringing restricted and controlled items onto the site.

The public is invited to tour the Discovery Center, located just outside the Laboratory’s gates off Greenville Road; pre-arranged tours of the Laboratory are also available on Tuesday mornings. Call (925) 422-4599 for more information.