We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Los Alamos Historical Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 1050 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Phone Number: 505 662 4493
Website
Today
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 130 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 65
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Fascinating, yet sobering

I was surprised how much information and memorabilia they crammed into this small building that used to be part of the boys' school that was located here before the government... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
WSIII
,
Saint Louis, Missouri
Add Photo Write a Review

130 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This small museum was packed with historical artifacts of the secret work that took place in Los Alamos. Visiting the museum was a somewhat uneasy, almost eerie, experience. Knowing the final outcome and seeing the large photographs of it didn't help. I expect to find knowledge and wisdom in a museum but not to feel uneasy. I realize that my... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
160 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

There are some interesting exhibits on the boys' school before the Manhatton Project took over the site. Also, there's a whole display on the atomic spy case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Overall, it's a small museum, so may not be of much interest for children. The lady at the desk was friendly, but we found the place difficult to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level Contributor
43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I was surprised how much information and memorabilia they crammed into this small building that used to be part of the boys' school that was located here before the government took it for the secret project to develop the bomb. A good part of the display is devoted to that school, and what it was like. You walk through the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
SLIPPERY ROCK
Level Contributor
25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

I did not very much about what secret scientific work was performed at Los Alamos in the mid 1900's. Such a secret world existed and it was pretty much hidden from the outside world. The Historical trail is worth the trip too although the "Beware of Rattlesnakes" sign is a bit scary.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Maryville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Amazing artifacts and memorabilia about the history of the Caldera, Ranch School, and Los Alamos and its impact on the world. There is also a brief bit about the geological history of the area and a small gift shop. Fascinating! Free.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
299 reviews
202 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Worth the time to do the Los Alamos historical trail and stop in at this informative museum. Small, but something for all ages. Free.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portland, OR
Level Contributor
254 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This museum is located, if I recall correctly, in the cabin that Robert Oppenheimer, chief scientist of the Manhattan Project, occupied in WWII. The exhibits cover the prehistory and historic periods of the plateau and Jemez Caldera as well as the boys school that preceded the WWII research laboratories for the atomic bomb project. The exhibits are well done, and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sugar Land, Texas
Level Contributor
251 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Most of the museum is dedicated to the men and women who lived and worked on the highly secret Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb during WWII in the 1940s. It even has a kitchen and living room set up from that era.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
70 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Only go there if you want to learn the government's stories about nuclear weapons development and how safe the radiation is to which workers are exposed. Sure, there are displays and interesting hands-on activities that appeal to kids, but don't be fooled by this thinly disguised propaganda. Skip it in favor of a nature park and a truthful lesson in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Karachi, Pakistan
Level Contributor
53 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The Los Alamos historical society has done a great job, of going back in time, so that you can see why indians as well as Oppenheimer liked the location of this town.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Los Alamos Historical Museum also viewed

 

Been to Los Alamos Historical Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Los Alamos Historical Museum

Address: 1050 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Phone Number: 505 662 4493
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Los Alamos
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Los Alamos Historical Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?