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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

601 Eubank Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123
505 245 2137
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Ranked #13 of 125 Attractions in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Science Museums
Owner description: The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is the New Mexico’s only congressionally chartered museum in its field and a Smithsonian affiliate.... more » Owner description: 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. « less
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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Banning, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Wow! What can I say to this. One of the most comprehensive museums I've ever been to. History, science, victory and tragedy all in one place. A lot to read here. Being a history and science buff it had me totally captivated. What I found to be very interesting is the people that work there. They all seem to have... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I visited over Memorial Day weekend and had a blast. My girlfriend and I visit a lot of museums along our adventures. We picked up a good tip about this place and decided to give it a shot. This museum didn't disappoint us. It had great hands on exhibits and great use of multimedia. I really enjoyed the airplanes on... More

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dallas, tx
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We went because my children ages 8-16 loves science stuff. My husband, too. They enjoyed this museum very much. There are lots to see and read. My boys enjoyed the airplanes in the back yard. The computer room is a great favorite for my kids. There are so many things to read and experiment and touch. I would plan to... More

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Seattle
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

It's not a super slick place, it's put together in a utilitarian kinda way. But the topics covered, the quality of the exhibit materials themselves, and the associated content is great. My favorite part is all of the nuclear munitions and missiles, fun! Pro tip - don't forget to go outside and check out the planes.

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Belfair, Washington
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Really enjoyed the outdoor exhibits. Interesting displays. Showed the beginning and the development of the nuclear age. Even has HAM's burial spot there. HAM was the first chimp who was flown into space. Amazing how the times have changed and increased our knowledge. Some facts that some people might not know like there were booms that were accidentally dropped and... More

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Port Deposit, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This museum is first-class and packed with interesting exhibits. The Hiroshima exhibit really touched me, especially the twisted, burnt tricycle of a toddler. The exhibits were balanced, helping the viewer see both sides of the nuclear moral debate. View the plane exhibit outside. It's hard to imagine the size of those flying machines unless you physically see them.

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Rogers, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

learn all about the cold war and the atomic bomb. Something for everyone of all ages but men over 40 who remember the cold war will love it the most. Kids under 7 might not enjoy it as the concept may be over their heads. Allow several hours as the is so much to see. where else can you touch... More

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Georgia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Overall, a good museum. Some areas better than others. Not really for lower elementary aged children. Personnel not kid friendly. Outdoor exhibits need major work.

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Los Angeles, California
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117 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Lots of reading, lots of information if you are interested in the sciences, air force or WWII and yes the Cold War and Nuclear Race of Arms! I would rate it Very Good because I'm a history, trivia and active duty military but I don't want to confuse people. Nice Parking, Nice Gift shop and the museum has a lot... More

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San Diego, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This museum offers a comprehensive look at our nuclear history, with exhibits including chilling replicas of Fat Man and Little Boy, the atomic bombs that dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and "duck and cover" drills schoolchildren used to do during the Cold War. Seeing examples of nuclear weapons as well as devices that harness nuclear power for our benefit give... More

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