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Visiting the Very Large Array

Plan Your Visit

Public Tours

Open House

The VLA normally hosts two open houses a year – one in October and one in April. Open House events are free but require advance timed-entry admission. The day includes free tours and talks by NRAO staff and opportunities to meet and speak with VLA operations personnel. Additional NRAO staff are on-hand throughout the day answer your burning questions about anything and everything. Please check our calendar of events for details.

Saturday Public Tours

The VLA hosts public guided tours each Saturday at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. Guided tours require no reservations in addition to your advance admission purchase. Simply show up at the VLA Visitor Center 30 minutes before the desired tour time. These guided tours last about one hour and give visitors unique insight into the past, present, and future of the VLA. Staff and VLA Volunteers are on hand to answer questions. All upcoming tour dates can be found on our calendar of events.

Reserved Group Tours

For education and special interest groups of 10 or more individuals, we provide private guided tours and other programs when possible. Reserved program requests must be made at least three weeks in advance. Interested? Learn how to get started below:

How to Get Started

Educational Groups

Special Interest Groups