UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not scheduling any tours at this time. Please check back later.

The NRL hosts a limited number of academic tour groups each year to support The Ohio State University Nuclear Engineering program. Due to space limitations, tour groups have to be limited to ≈20 people. Unless arranged otherwise, tour groups meet in the foyer in front of the Reactor Building, where they will receive an introduction prior to the tour. During a typical tour, attendees see and learn about the reactor and the control room and observe a neutron-activation demo. Other demos are available upon request. Non-OSU groups are asked to cover a portion of the reactor usage fee.

When coming on a tour, there are a few items of which visitors should be aware:

  • Persons coming to the facility should wear appropriate clothing. We strongly discourage open-toed shoes and/or pointed heels for safety reasons. Additionally, pants and shorts are preferred over skirts or dresses as part of the tour takes place on an open grate catwalk.

  • Tour group members may not bring backpacks, bags or purses into the Reactor Building. Such items need to be left in the foyer.

  • Consumption of food, beverages, or gum is not permitted while in the Reactor Building.

  • No cameras are allowed, however you may use pictures from our gallery. The reactor staff will take a picture of your group and email it to you, provided that arrangements are made ahead of time.

  • Adults must show photo ID; OSU ID or a valid driver’s license are acceptable. Young people must be accompanied by an adult with proper ID who will take responsibility for verifying their identity.

  • All attendees consent to having their participation recorded by closed-circuit cameras.

  • The Nuclear Reactor Lab takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the facility. A limited number of lockers are available to tour attendees free of charge.

  • Visitor Parking Passes are available by the hour at using zone # 69308

Visit our tour request page to tell us more about your group and request a tour.


Our apologies in advance. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not scheduling any tours at this time. Please check back later.

experiment for a student tour
Former reactor staff member, Joe Talnagi, doing an experiment for a tour group