The University of Arizona

Tours / Tickets


For available dates, times and to purchase your Mirror Lab tickets CLICK HERE

(Link will take you to, our Ticket Vendor)

Tickets are available for purchase until 9 am on the day of the tour.  To purchase tickets for the same day after 9:00 am, please call 520-626-8792.

Due to production schedules and a few other variables, tours are only scheduled a couple of weeks in advance.  We do conduct tours throughout the year during the week (M-F).  If you are looking for a particular date, please see the information below to contact us for more information.

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!

Our current endeavors include the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), as well as, the 6.5 meter mirror. The LSST will take time-lapse digital images of the entire night sky every three to four days; providing the widest, fastest and deepest scans ever captured by a single telescope. The GMT is the result of 100 years of astronomical research and telescope building that will open new vistas of exploration for the next generation of astronomers. The GMT will be even bigger and better than the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) which is now considered the most advanced telescope ever built.

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.  



Tours average 90 minutes in length.

Dates and times may vary due to production schedules.


Your tour of the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab will take you through a large-scale scientific production facility.  A major portion of the tour involves walking, as well as climbing and descending a flight or two of stairs.  We require everyone to wear close-toed shoes for safety and comfort.  If you have questions concerning access, wish to request a Sign Language interpreter or disability-related accommodations please contact Cathi Duncan at 626-8792 or

Age:  7+ years


Adults $15
Students $8 (7 - 22 yrs)
Group rates available for 10+ persons

School and Group Tours

Morning tours are an option


Cherry Avenue Garage (closest) see UA Parking Map


527 National Championship Drive.  Mirror lab is located on the east side of the UA Football stadium.

Click here for Map


Cathi Duncan | 520-626-8792 | |