I traveled to Geneva in May and one of my visiting places was CERN. I had booked the guided tour about 3 months earlier and expectations were size of the super massive black hole.
Even though I already knew that we wouldn't be able to see any of those underground test sites, the disappointment was still high, when I realized that tour only included a quick visit near to ATLAS control room, that was seen through the glass wall, and too many, too long videos, which were boring because they didn't provide any new information, as I had made my own research beforehand - which is the action I assume everyone who is interested in visiting CERN to do..
One positive thing I want to pick out was our guide, an elder scientist who had worked with physics for his lifetime. We had nice conversations with him :)
The biggest disappointment was the souvenir store, which is located in the reception building. There were almost nothing to buy, especially if you were looking for clothes, umbrellas and other textiles, which could be found in the net - what led me to believe that they really have those things for sale. Only considerable t-shirts were meant for men and were size XXXL. So yep, I surely bought one..
In the other hand, Microcosm and Universe of Particles -exhibitions were quite cool, although I think the main target group is still younger students and people, who hasn't learnt those basic things of physics, space and such earlier.
So if you're into science, universe and other cool visual and informative things and you don't know nothing but low basics about this theme, I suggest you to book a visit and see what it can offer - but, if you're looking for new info and mind blowing experiences, I wouldn't bother to travel in Geneva just to see CERN.
If you're still going, there are plenty of activities to see and do in that area, so plan your trip beforehand and find out other cool places to visit, e.g. United Nations headquarters, Museum of Science History and maybe a day trip over the French border. Annecy is a very beautiful little French town, and I enjoyed it much more than Geneva itself - besides, it's way more cheaper than GVA!
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