Visiting The Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is part of the California Institue of Technology and located in Pasadena, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles.

Public Tours:

The JPL Public Services Office offers tours free of charge for groups and individuals on an advance reservation basis. You must speak with a Public Services Office representative in order to reserve a tour. Reservations may not be made via e-mail, voice mail or fax.

Advance reservations are required for all tours; please call well in advance.

Here is a map to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

All tours are 2-2.5 hours in duration and commonly include a multi-media presentation on JPL entitled "Welcome to Outer Space," which provides an overview of the Laboratory's activities and accomplishments. Guests may also visit the von Karman Visitor Center, the Space Flight Operations Facility, and the Spacecraft Assembly Facility.

  • Visitor Day Tours

    Several times per month we offer Visitor Day tours for individuals and families (up to nine persons). These tours run approximately once per week on an alternating basis. Visitor Day Tours are generally held at 1:00 p.m.

    Due to high demand, Visitor Day Tours require a reservation several weeks in advance.

    Group Tours

    Tours for groups of 10 or more, with a maximum of 40 persons, are available throughout the week and are booked by an initial telephone call to make a tentative reservation. Morning and afternoon group tours are offered Monday through Friday. Please call for available times and dates. Groups must provide a confirmation letter within 10 working days of initial phone call, as well as a final roster of all participants at least one month before the day of the tour. Changes to the roster cannot be made any later than 7 days prior to the scheduled tour. Persons not on the roster arriving the day of the tour will not be admitted.

    Due to high demand, Group Tours require a reservation several months in advance.

    JPL requires that all U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older, present official, government issued photo identification (driver's license or passport) before being allowed entry. All non-U.S. Citizens 18 years of age or older must present a passport or resident visa (green card) before being allowed entry.

    Individuals without proper identification will not be admitted to the Laboratory.

    Please be advised that tours involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing. Wheelchair access can be accommodated with advance notice, however wheelchairs cannot be provided. Don't forget to dress for the weather – the tour will proceed rain or shine!

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