ORNL Group Tours – Due to COVID-19, all tours are suspended until further notice. Please check back later.



The ORNL Group Tour Program offers guided tours of the laboratory where visitors learn more about its facilities, research, operations, and rich history. Tours of the main campus are available for middle schools (grades 5-8) and high schools (grades 9-12), colleges and universities, and civic and community groups. Advance notice of at least 30 but no more than 90 days is required. Eligible groups must have a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 25 participants. Middle and high school groups require one adult chaperone per every ten students. Site tours for elementary schools (grade 4 and lower) are not available but programming for younger audiences is available through the American Museum of Science & Energy.


  • Tours are held on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please note we do not offer tours on weekends or holidays.
  • Tours are available on a first-com​e, first-served basis and are dependent on facility and staff availability.
  • All groups must provide their own transportation.
  • If your group has more than 25 attendees, we require that they travel in buses or vans (rather than in a large number of small vehicles).
  • We reserve the right to cancel tours based on inclement weather staff scheduling, or changes in facility availability.
  • Due to the high volume of requests, we will attempt, but cannot guarantee, availability on your requested day(s) or time(s).


A complete list of all visitors with full legal name and confirmation of U.S. citizenship must be submitted at least one week prior to the tour. No additional attendees may be added within a week of the tour. Tours with participants who are non-U.S. citizens will require additional lead time for processing.


General questions about tours should be sent to community@ornl.gov.


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DOE Public Bus Tour of all Oak Ridge Facilities

  • The Public Bus Tour of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge facilities runs from March to November.
  • Tours depart weekdays at 11:30 am, returning around 2:30 pm.

More than 25,000 people from all 50 states have taken this tour since its inception in 1996. Tour stops include the Y-12 History Center at the Y-12 National Security Complex’s New Hope Center, the Spallation Neutron Source and historic Graphite Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and a drive-around the former K-25 plant site located at the East Tennessee Technology Park. Tour guides provide historical narrative along with information about current activities related to research and development, national security, and environmental clean-up.


Visit http://www.amse.org to view the calendar and register online. The tour is open to U.S. citizens who are at least 10 years old. Participants 18 years old or older must show current valid photo identification. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.amse.org or call 865.576.3200.