On Saturday, 7 October, CERN inaugurated its brand new centre for education and outreach, CERN Science Gateway. From Sunday, 8 October onwards, CERN Science Gateway welcomed its first visitors, who explored the exhibitions and state-of-the-art lab facilities, enjoyed science shows and the sunshine on the piazza and took a break in the Big Bang Café.
“It’s nice to see concepts we’re familiar with being applied to particle physics, a field we don’t know,” said two computer science students from Canada, who visited Science Gateway as part of their tour of Switzerland.
“I really like all the games I can try out!” said a seven-year-old from Switzerland, visiting with his family. His father added, “The exhibitions are really well-made and definitely worth visiting.”
“I don’t really know anything about physics – I’m a pre-law student,” said a student from Canada, visiting Science Gateway with her mother. “But we’d heard about CERN and wanted to check it out while we were in Geneva. It’s really interesting to learn about it and I like how interactive it is.”
Scroll through the photos below to see some of the highlights from the opening week.
Visitors on Sunday, 8 October discover the “Our Universe: Exploring the Unknown” exhibition. This exhibition invites visitors to contemplate the Universe through four works of art from former Arts-at-CERN artists, inspired by physics concepts. (Image: CERN)
Visitors on Sunday, 8 October explore the “Quantum World” exhibition. Various interactive games demonstrate the bizarre behaviours of particles at the quantum level. (Image: CERN)
Visitors in the “Discover CERN: Collide” exhibition explore a tactile mock-up of one of the LHC detectors. (Image: CERN)
The “Our Universe: Back to the Big Bang” exhibition features a timeline where visitors can journey back to the beginning of the Universe, as well as games where visitors can create stars and antimatter. (Image: CERN)