August 10, 2009

Argonne announces public open house

The public will be able to tour the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory Aug. 29 for the first time in three years.

Officials said the gates at the laboratory will be open 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m. CDT for a day of discovery and fun for the whole family.

The open house will be great fun for everyone, Argonne Director Eric Isaacs said. We love welcoming the community and having an opportunity to show off some of the great work we are doing to benefit our nation while inspiring public interest in science, engineering and technology.

He said visitors will have the opportunity to see how Argonne, the nation's first national laboratory, is helping to solve some of the world's toughest challenges in energy, environment and national security and learn more about science and technology.

Officials said the laboratory's last open house in 2006 attracted approximately 20,000 people.

More information about this year's event is available at