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“Uninspiring and unimpressive!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of American Museum of Science & Energy

American Museum of Science & Energy
300 S Tulane Ave, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
865 576 3200
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Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Oak Ridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Uninspiring and unimpressive!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

What took place in Oak Ridge more than 70 years ago is a remarkable story. Unfortunately, this museum fell far short of telling that story about the remarkable dedication and accomplishments that 75,000 Americans made over a very short period of time. The best part of the museum was a short documentary movie highlighting the achievements of the American people in the 1940's. It's an amazing piece of our history that should have been told more thoroughly. As other reviewers stated, much of the museum seems out-dated and tired. There were lots of hands-on type exhibits but way too much that needed to be read and understood, especially for young children.

Visited October 2012
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“Very intresting place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Real interesting and informitive, did not know what was going on there years ago cant hardly believe it. will go back to learn more

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Cleveland, Tennessee
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“Learn how the U.S. developed the atomic bomb”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

People will differ over whether the U.S. should have dropped atomic bombs on the populated cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII, but at the same time, the actual feat of developing the atomic bomb in such a short period of time is quite a story. You will see a letter from ALBERT EINSTEIN encouraging President Roosevelt to build the atomic bomb before others beat us to it. (Interestingly, the Germans were at a disadvantage in this regard because Jewish scientists in Germany were no longer permitted to work in science and industry.) Also displayed are letters from the U.S. government to homeowners in this rural area of Tennessee informing them that their properties were to be confiscated (bought) for the war effort. Numerous photographs depict the building of the small city of Oak Ridge that within 2 years housed a population of 75,000.
The American Museum of Science and Energy also highlights other exhibits relating to science and energy, particularly solar energy, and there are special interactive exhibits designed for children. As a grandmother, I was delighted to find several items designed to attract children to science. For example, I bought a deck of memory cards where players "from ages 3 to 103" identify molecules (think organic chemistry) of common substances such as salt and water. There were also "build it yourself solar cars". I've never seen a more interesting museum gift shop.

Visited September 2012
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“So very interesting, something for all ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We loved this museum! Family with two children, 12 and 15. So impressed with all the information clearly explained (atomic bombs can be confusing), but also the staff was so friendly, interactive and informative. Also there are several hands-on activities for smaller children that after a little why lose interest in the whole World War II thing. Currently, there is a dinasour exhibit, with lots of hands-on exhibits and also several "science" exhibits that I believe are permanent and very interesting for kids 4+ I would say. We spent a little over 4 hours there and felt like we saw everything and really understand Oak Ridge's role in World War II and the thousands that lived there in the 1940's during the war. In fact at dinner, we couldn't stop talking about all the different things we had seen and learned about. Definately worth the $5 admission!!

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating museum of 'secret city'”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

I was particularly interested to visit this museum as my late uncle worked at the Oak Ridge plant [where they developed the atom bomb]. It was fascinating to learn all about everything that went on here and how it was not put on any maps to keep the location secret - even our satnav/GPS didn't recognise the zip code of the museum! Well worth a visit, and interesting for older children.

Visited September 2012
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