Rivet City science lab

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The Rivet City science lab is the laboratory of Rivet City and working place of Dr. Madison Li and her team. Much of their research involves growing healthy produce like fresh apples and fresh potatoes, which adds to their position as the primary supplier of food to the Wasteland. They are also researching a portable power supply, which is later used by the Brotherhood of Steel after the Enclave stop the relaunch of Project Purity.

The science lab was established after the discontinuation of Project Purity as a place for Madison and her colleagues to pursue their research.

You may see Janice Kaplinski, Anna Holt, Garza, Dr. Zimmer, and Armitage here.


The Science Lab has exactly only three entrances to it, being the two from the midship deck (one leads to the Common Room, the other leads to a hallway which has the Capitol Preservation Society room beside the door. The last door to the science lab is from the upper deck, where the Weatherly Hotel resides in. All three entrances are upstairs in the lab, the midship deck doors being in the south-eastern part of the lab, side by side up the stairs. The upper deck entrance is at the north-eastern side of the lab, up the stairs, which is behind three water/grain silos. The overall layout of the room is near the form of a diagonal square, except for the small room on the lower right side of the layout downstairs, which seems to be a resting room. The main point of interest is the center room downstairs, where quite large intersection of pipes take up some of the space in the room, leading down into a large circular platform (which could be a purifier or filter). A large machinery (possibly a purifier) is beside the platform on the right, while in the very middle of the room resides where most of the NPCs (such as Doctor Li, Anna Holt, and others) reside, studying. There are three tables holding chemistry sets, vegetables, and other various miscellaneous items. There on the left of the tables is a refrigerator, and upon the right is two Lockers.

Notable loot

  • Bobblehead - Intelligence on a table in the center next to some purified fruits and vegetables.
  • Various fresh fruits vegetables (e.g. apples and potatoes which will result in Karma loss if taken).
    • One of the vegetables, a potato, can actually be taken without any Karma loss.


Inhabitants passing through can be seen eating the food on the table sometimes, this can be problematic if the player wants to collect the unique fresh fruit.

Related quests


The Rivet City science lab appears only in Fallout 3.

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