Explore Beckman

Explore Beckman

Explore the Beckman Institute

The Beckman Institute's architects designed the building to connect people. And while it's large, it's also full of welcoming spaces.


"The environment here is designed for people to interact with each other and sit and have conversations."

– Kasra Tabatabaei, a Beckman student researcher


The building is open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.



Beckman's distinctive tower is easy to spot on the north side of the University of Illinois campus.

Inside, you'll find:

  • A three-story laboratory wing to the north
  • A five-story office wing to the south
  • An atrium connecting these two parallel sections
  • Conference rooms and meeting spaces in the five-story tower
Two Beckman students meet to work and have a bite to eat at the Beckman Café. Captured through the eye of a donut-shaped statue in the Beckman Atrium.

Study at Beckman

The Beckman Institute features an open atrium with tables and chairs, interesting sculptures, and plenty of atmosphere.

Nine bridges, each containing a furnished lounge area, span the atrium and serve as walkways between the office and laboratory wings. They're perfect for an informal meeting or brainstorming session.

The members of the Beckman Business Office share a meal in the Beckman Café.

Reserve a temporary office space

Will you be visiting a Beckman faculty member who conducts research at Beckman? You can ask that person to request temporary office space for you, free of charge. To do so, they should email Beckman's Office of Space Reservations or call 217-244-8379.


Exhibits within the Beckman Institute

Learn about Arnold Beckman

Inside the south entrance, find details about Arnold Beckman, the Illinois alumnus who founded the Beckman Institute with his wife, Mabel.

Learn about his childhood in Cullom, Illinois, remarkable career, and generous funding of scientific research.

Illinois MRI Exhibit

This exhibit, located off the east atrium, celebrates the past, present, and future of MRI research at Illinois.

Phone displaying the Beckman app

Download the Beckman app

Keep up-to-date on the latest news, events, and more using Beckman's mobile app. It runs in your web browser, so you won't need to visit your app store to install it.

Learn more about the Beckman app