Tour our facility.

Interested in a peek behind the scenes at the cutting edge of plant science? The Danforth Center is a private facility, but we welcome tours by prior arrangement. Complete the form at the bottom of this page to begin the scheduling process for a docent-led tour (pending availability).

Behind the Scenes, Ahead of the Curve

Walk inside a top-tier research greenhouse, see the first automated high-throughput phenotyper in North America, and more. 

Plan Your Visit

Tours are conducted during business hours, Monday through Friday, and typically last 60-90 minutes. You’ll be led through our building by one of our specially trained docents. These expert tour guides complete a six-month course of study and often bring their own scientific expertise to share fascinating stories about plant science.

Parking is available on the east side of our building. Look for signs indicating visitor parking near the front of the building. If all visitor spots are taken, then please park in any other spot in the lot. Walk toward the circle drive and the Kemper Water Garden to access the main entrance for check-in.

Sneak Peek

See the video below for a sneak preview of some of the sights inside the Danforth Center.

Please Note

  • Tours are limited to 15 guests, including no more than 2 wheelchairs per group.
  • Our facility is accessible, but tours are active and require extensive walking, stairs, and ramps.
  • Tour content is standardized. We regret that we cannot provide custom tours.
  • Guests must conform with health and safety requirements, such as wearing closed-toe shoes.
  • Photography is permitted in public areas only and only for personal and non-commercial use.

Schedule a Tour