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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 123 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, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
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San Diego, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Visited the museum today not expecting to see anything really impresive. But I was completely wrong. There has been a great deal of work put into it and from what I've learnt there is a continuous effort for improvement. Stuff for kids to do and interesting facts that will impress every adult. Generally I believe it sheds light on many... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We were lucky enough to be shown around by Mr. Ellett, one of the Manhattan Project engineers who now volunteers here. Amazing man and what a living treasure....we got great inside stories from him in addition to learning more from the exhibits than was ever learned in school. You absolutely must spend some time at this museum!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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61 reviews 61 reviews
29 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We've known about this museum for years but finally took the time to visit on our last trip to Albuquerque. Sorry we waited so long! It is a very thorough, well laid out presentation of the history of nuclear science, from it's development through its uses today. The price of admission is very reasonable. Young children might find it boring,... More

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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My husband and I discovered this museum while touring down Route 66, and thought it might be interesting and informative. It was! Anything and everything you ever want to know about the Manhattan Project, or the scientists involved are covered in exhibits and in a Smithsonian movie documentary showing at the museum. Since we are of the age of “duck... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you have a teenager interested in Nuclear science this is a great place to visit. Awesome outside displays of planes also. Nice gift shop. Easy to find.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

While the museum could've used a few more interactive exhibits, overall, it was an interesting stop on our family vacation.

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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We only had a short time to visit this museum but could have stayed for at least 2 hours. There is something for all ages. We have an 8, 6 and 3 year old....all of which liked the museum. The exhibits outside were interesting. There are a lot of historic pieces to look at....taking the time to read about them... More

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We went and spent about 2 hours touring this attraction. IT is very interesting and is a must see for families. It shows and tells the history of nuclear energy and both how it was used and how it can be used today. My husband served in the USN on a nuclear sub in the 70's so for us it... More

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Vinita, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This museum is a little bland and I am not sure why. I certainly would not take small children here as they will be bored quickly. Teenagers would get more out of it. If you are looking at some actual exhibits of Nuclear history (1940s-1970s) this place has it. The cost was reasonable and while we only spent 90 mins... More

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