Tours / Tickets

Tours at the Richard F Caris Mirror Lab are Monday through Friday at 1 pm and as available at 3 pm. Please click on the red button to the left of this page, and it will take you to specific dates and times.

If you are looking for a particular date, please see the information below to contact us for more information. For groups of 12 or more, please call our office number to make large group arrangements. We are happy to host your group!

This 90-minute tour provides a unique opportunity to learn how innovative engineering and optical technology melds with manufacturing techniques to produce the largest and most advanced giant (8.4 meters / 27 ft)  telescope mirrors in the world on the University of Arizona campus.

Visitors will see the unparalleled technology and revolutionary processes involved in making the next generation of telescopes that will explore deep into outer space and produce cutting-edge scientific research.   The University of Arizona, College of Science is ranked #1 among observational, theoretical and space astronomy programs in the U.S. Come see why!

These new generation giant optical telescopes will be changing the way we explore the Universe! Allowing astronomers to break the boundaries of astronomy and the universe, peering back to the beginning of time in an effort to answer a vast array of astronomical questions and make new discoveries.  

Information  
Dates Monday through Friday
Time

Please click on the red button on the left for tour dates and times.

Tours average 90 minutes in length.

Requirements

Your tour of the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab will take you through a large-scale scientific research and development facility.  A portion of the tour involves walking, as well as climbing and descending stairs. We require our guests to wear closed-toed flat shoes for safety and comfort. You may not be permitted to attend the tour without closed-toe flat shoes. We highly recommend sneakers for ease, safety, and comfort. 

If you have questions concerning access or disability-related accommodations, please contact Vannessa Gressieux at 520-626-8792 or rfcml.tours@gmail.com

Age:  10+ years - All minors must be accompanied by an adult. 

Cost

Adults $20 |  Seniors (65+) and Military $18  |  Students with ID $10 (Please use this option for children 10+) 

Group rates available for 12+ participants 

School and Group Tours Available with advanced coordination - 
Morning tours available 9am- 11:45am Fridays only
Parking Cherry Avenue (closest) or South Stadium Garage see UA Parking Map
Self-pay (Please note: motorcycles are not permitted to park in Cherry Garage. Please call UA Parking and Transportation for parking options - (520) 626-7275)
Location

527 National Championship Drive.  The Richard F Caris Mirror Lab is located on the east side of the UA Football stadium, under Gate 4 outside of the Stadium.

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Contact Vannessa Gressieux | 520-626-8792 | rfcml.tours@gmail.com
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