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Tours / Tickets


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


As we leave summer behind and head into the Fall season, please view the link above for tour dates and times. 

Tours are Monday through Friday normally at 1 pm and where indicated online at 3 pm.  Please click on the link above for specific dates and times.

To purchase tickets for the same day after 11:00 am, please call 520-626-8792.

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!

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.  




Monday through Friday.  

Please click on the link above for tour dates and times.  

Tours average 90 minutes in length.


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

Age:  10+ years   Tours are not for younger children.

Students must be accompanied by an adult.


Adults $20 |  Seniors and Military $18  |  Students $10 (10- 20 yrs) with ID

Group rates available for 10+ participants

School and Group Tours

Morning tours available Friday's only


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 |


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