Science tourism is a travel topic grouping scientific attractions. It covers interests in visiting and exploring scientific landmarks, including museums, laboratories, observatories and universities.[1][2] It also includes visits to see events of scientific interest, such as solar eclipses.

A laboratory is a workplace and many have ongoing scientific research. They may not be open to the general public, or may only offer occasional special opportunities for public access. Many observatories are open to the public at regular hours, and have tours showcasing their astronomical research.[1][2]


Main articles: Science museum and List of science museums


Northern Europe

Central Europe

Deutsches Museum

Western Europe

Southern Europe

Eastern Europe

North America


South America



Many European countries participate on the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which has his laboratories including the famous Large Hadron Collider on the French/Swiss border. Plus the bigger European countries like France, Germany, Italy and UK operate national laboratories. Most laboratories have open days for public visits.

CERN Aerial View of LHC accelerator and its experiments (Lake Geneva in the background)

North America

DOE Laboratories

In the United States of America overseen by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) the Office of science operates ten national laboratories. In total there are 17 national laboratories funded by the DOE. Most of the sites hold open houses where the public can come in for free and see how American tax dollars are invested in research. This used to include nuclear facilities, but those have been restricted since 9/11.

Other Laboratories


See also: Astronomy


North America

South America

While the headquarters of the European Southern Observatory are in Garching near Munich, Germany the observatories are located in northern Chile.


South Africa



The most prestigious universities generally attract excellent scientists and have fine science programs. University campuses are usually open to the public, though permission from guards is sometimes required, and there may be some café or cafeteria or mensa or restaurant or even a university shop on site. Universities usually offer public lectures about ongoing research. Otherwise, their seminars and buildings are reserved for the students and the working faculty including post-doctoral researchers or professors. On weekends or holidays, many universities require special permits to enter. Universities compete on a worldwide basis; hence, they are not ordered by geographical position or alphabetized.


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  1. ^ a b Kujawinski, Peter (28 May 2018). "Colliders, Sundials and Wonder: When Science Is Your Destination - At CERN in Switzerland and Fermilab in Illinois, there is always a sense of discovery — about the past, present and future. - Science Tourism - part 1 of 2". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b Kujawinski, Peter (12 November 2018). "Where Will Science Take Us? To the Stars - A monthlong visit to observatories in Chile, Hawaii and Los Angeles revealed spellbinding visions of the heavens. - Science Tourism - part 2 of 2". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  3. ^ "ESO Supernova". Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Weekend Visits to the La Silla Observatory". Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Weekend visits to Paranal". Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Public Visits to the ALMA OSF". Retrieved 17 March 2019.
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