Open House Tours

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Friday, 3:00—5:00 p.m.

All open house tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the tour. Space is limited, so be sure to arrive early!

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the distance and length of each tour, it is only possible for each person to attend one open house tour.

All tours meet in front of the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center unless indicated.

Bing Concert Hall

Tour Schedule: 3:00 p.m. only

Visit Bing Concert Hall, Stanford's premier performing arts venue! Just weeks after its public opening in January, Bing Concert Hall welcomes visiting families and their Stanford students to explore our majestic, 842-seat Bing concert hall and public spaces. Designed by Ennead Architects (who are responsible for the Cantor Arts Center renovation, the Law School, and the forthcoming Anderson Collection building) and Nagata Acoustics (widely known for Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles), the Bing is an intimate space for both the performers and audience, and regularly hosts student ensembles and visiting artists from around the world. Its unusual, terraced seating surrounds a stage large enough to accommodate a symphony orchestra. A 40-minute concert featuring outstanding faculty and student performers from across campus, and a self-guided tour, offer a taste of this very special destination!

The tour is limited to the first 500 people. Meet in the lobby of Bing Concert Hall.

Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (The d.school)

Tour Schedule: 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

If you’re interested in learning more about the d.school, please join us for a tour! You’ll learn more about who we are, what we do, and how we think. Hosted by d.school students and alums, the tour will include plenty of time for questions & answers.

Each tour is limited to the first 50 people. Meet in front of the d.school.

Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building

Bus Departure Times: 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

The Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building is the world's largest facility dedicated solely to stem cell research. It contains an incredible array of research initiatives that touch upon some of the most important medical health research currently being undertaken. This behind-the-scenes tour will focus on the institutes, facility, and tools needed to make this research successful, with an opportunity to speak with stem cell scientists. In addition, view art work by Dale Chihuly, Nathan Oliveira, and Susan Schwartzenberg, which are woven into the campus and the Lokey facility to help inspire and challenge the scientists. The tour will also explore the School of Medicine's new integrated connection to the main campus.

Each tour is limited to the first 40 people.

Red Barn

Bus Departure Times: 3:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

Stanford's historic Red Barn is home to the Stanford Equestrian Team and the heart of Leland and Jane Stanford's Palo Alto Stock Farm. Built in 1878, the Red Barn's many stalls, sprawling vistas from the hay loft, and secret corners are not to be missed. Catch a glimpse of some of the 50 men and women on Stanford's top-ranked Equestrian Team as they practice, or meet one of Stanford's 28 show horses and gentle souls who teach over 100 students a year in the popular P.E. Horsemanship classes.

Each tour is limited to the first 90 people.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Bus Departure Time: 3:00 p.m. only (This tour lasts approximately 90 minutes)

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is home to some of the world's most cutting-edge technologies. SLAC is used by researchers worldwide to uncover scientific mysteries on the smallest and the largest scales - from the workings of the atom to the secrets of the cosmos. Discoveries are made in both basic and applied science. The tour will include a stop at the Klystron Gallery Visitors Alcove in SLAC's 2-mile long building directly over the Linear Particle Accelerator (LINAC).

Please note: You must be over 12 years old to participate in this tour.

The tour is limited to the first 46 people.

The Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA)

Bus Departure Times: 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

The Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA—pronounced Karma) is a multi-disciplinary facility where composers and researchers work together using computer-based technology both as an artistic medium and as a research tool. The tour will include a demonstration of the ambiosonic listening room, prototyping lab and recording studio.

Each tour is limited to the first 40 people.

Virtual Human Interaction Lab

Tour Schedule: 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

The Lab investigates the psychological consequences of spending time in virtual spaces. It integrates technology that can stimulate three of the human senses at once—spatialized sound, virtual touch (haptics), and three-dimensional imagery. The lab features cutting edge equipment for tracking motion, rendering graphics, and displaying visual, aural, and haptic information. It includes a multisensory room that allows participants to explore a 20-by-20 foot space with spatialized sound, floor shakers, and a new head-mounted display (HMD).

Each tour is limited to the first 20 people. Meet at Bldg. 120/McClatchy Hall, Rm 411.

Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL)

Bus Departure Times: 3:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

The Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL) is a state-of-the-art vehicle research facility where Stanford students prototype the cars of the future. VAIL is the home for high-profile Stanford cars such as Shelley, the robotic race car; Xenith, the latest evolution of the Stanford Solar Car Project; and P1 and X1, two student-built electric cars capable of programmable handling, accident avoidance and autonomous drifting. VAIL also houses a driving simulator, student project space and the research activities of the Revs Program at Stanford.

Each tour is limited to the first 45 people.