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Tours

Explorers Welcome.

How do super tornadoes form? Or when black holes collide? Our researchers broaden our understanding of the world. And we invite you to join them.

Our free and informative tours are open to teachers, students, community leaders and anyone else with an interest in science and technological innovation. Our tours consist of two main attractions:

A 3D Visualization Demonstration

For more than 30 years, visual artists at NCSA have been creating stunning videos that help viewers better understand everything from DNA to wonders of the universe unfolding in galaxies far beyond our own. During this exciting tour, you’ll see some of these award-winning visualizations, fascinating 3D animations that help your imagination take flight.

The Machine Room Tour

Since 2012, the NCSA has been home to Blue Waters – one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. On this free tour at the National Petascale Computing Facility (NPCF), you’ll see the vast room that houses this colossal computer and learn about the vital role it plays in scientific research.


As a COVID-19 precaution, tours have been suspended until further notice.


Although not the same as being here in person, here’s some links to online resources that will let you see some of what the tour would have covered:

Explore the rest of the NCSA website to learn more about NCSA and all the different things we do, including all the different equipment we have on our machine room floor.

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