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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 #14 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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
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Des Plaines, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This museum was so fascinating that we could have spent another day here. Loved the history as well as the current information on nuclear science. This should be on every school's list of museums to visit in the Albuquerque area.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

An interesting collection of artifacts related to Nuclear Science with an emphasis on the Cold War period. Sited near Sandia National Labs and Kirtland AFB the museum does a good job with the exhibits with the exception of the outdoor displays. Clearly they do not have the budget to properly maintain and preserve the large bombers and missiles displayed outside... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This museum is beautifully laid out and features a wide range of nuclear arms (real empty warheads and reproductions) as well as detailed exhibits about nuclear energy. Part cold war time capsule, part science education (including some pretty good button pressing parts for kids), the exhibitions carry a positive but not unconflicted message on nuclear power in general. Some parts... More

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Fairfax Station, Virginia, United States
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I expected to be here for an hour or so. However, I ended up spending all afternoon at this museum. It was very well laid out. A little confusing at times, but a very good map guides you through the warren of rooms. What a bunch of great exhibits!

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Learn our nuclear program. how our country become a superpower. We should never forget our hero pioneer. Because of them our country can have peace and power!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

A most interesting history of WW 2 and the ending of the war. How and where the A Bomb was built and the team of men who developed it.

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Banning, California
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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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8 helpful votes 8 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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91 helpful votes 91 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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