Discover CERN

Discover CERN

Accelerate: explore CERN’s particle accelerators

Scientists from all over the world join forces at CERN to answer profound questions about the Universe. Let them guide you through the laboratory! 

An immersive scenography will transport you to the underground tunnels where the smallest building blocks of matter accelerate and collide. Discover machines of a remarkable scale and complexity.

The exhibitions are full of hands-on experiments for ages 8 and upwards. Play the control room game, pilot a robot and dig a tunnel. Explore the extraordinary technologies inside the Large Hadron Collider and, let’s see…will you score in a game of proton football?

Collide: find out how CERN studies particles

Beams of particles travel at almost the speed of light around the Large Hadron Collider, with billions colliding every second. Discover how the giant experiments record these particle collisions and how a global network of computers processes the data. Hear scientists’ stories about their work and find out how their technology can be used in hospitals. Use our headsets to take a virtual tour. Collaborate with other visitors to lower a piece of experiment underground. Design your own experiment to detect particles.

Science Gateway exhibitions are designed to be self-visited and not guided. Nevertheless CERN guides will be present to answer questions you may have. Do not hesitate to ask them!

Recommended for ages 8 and upwards.
We recommend you allow 1.5- 2 hours to visit our three exhibitions.
Screen text in 5 languages (French, English, German, Italian and Spanish).
Audio descriptions and tactile content, video subtitling. Pushchair and wheelchair accessible. More details.