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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

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Address: 601 Eubank Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123
Phone Number: 505 245 2137
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Description: The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is the New Mexico’s only...
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is the New Mexico’s only congressionally chartered museum in its field and a Smithsonian affiliate. Visitors can explore how nuclear science continues to influence our world. The museum strives to present, through permanent and changing exhibits and displays, the diverse applications of nuclear energy in the past, present and future along with the stories of the field’s pioneers. Originally known as the National Atomic Museum, it was established in 1969 as an intriguing place to learn the story of the Atomic Age, from early research of nuclear development through today’s peaceful uses of nuclear technology.
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Excellent combination of history and science!

Beautifully laid out - loved the original equipment used for hands-on displays in the science history area; the displays get more high-tech as you get closer to the 21st century... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Rockford
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Beautifully laid out - loved the original equipment used for hands-on displays in the science history area; the displays get more high-tech as you get closer to the 21st century. Great documentary videos; tons of information & displays; loved the plane yard. Definitely allow a couple hours.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This museum was the perfect size and layout for a good day out. We were there for a couple of hours, and the exhibits are interesting and well-designed. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Initially, I was a little skeptical of this museum--I thought it would be focused on nuclear weapons. However, it was a very nicely presented museum that covered the medical, commercial, and military aspects of nuclear science. It is VERY kid friendly--lots of "hands on" exhibits that explain the science of the atom. Well laid out, and well interpreted. A fun... More 

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California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I really enjoyed this museum as it gave a history of the US Nuclear program and the creation of the first atomic weapons. The museum was well laid out and it included an outdoor section which had real planes including a B-29 and B-52. It also had a Titan II ICBM.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This museum is extremely well designed. I learned an immense amount about the history of physics and atomic weaponry. You can easily spend 1/2 a day here. Be sure and see it before going to the Trinity Site if that is on your agenda.

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Farmington, New Mexico
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The ultra modern museum is a little out of the way but is a very interesting museum. Lots of historical displays as well as hands on stuff for the younger ones. Its fun to look at the rockets and the planes as well. There is no food close by but the gift shop is nice!

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Arnold, Maryland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Gives a good perspective of the development of nuclear weapons and of the Cold War. Provided a political and historical background and a view from the "common man" - great little exhibit of a typical bomb shelter. Then it went out of its way to tell about how great nuclear power is. The exhibits outside (bombers, missiles) are in desperate... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This great museum had so much to read and explore. Make sure you leave yourself enough time to cover it all. The airplanes outside are a great addition to the museum.

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San Francisco, California
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Great exhibits on how the power of nuclear fission was harnessed and atomic weapons developed. Highly recommended for anyone interested in science, particularly physics and chemistry.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The museum offers a lot of information about nuclear weapons and the cold war. Tends to be heavy on the military side of nuclear energy.

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