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“Poor service = horrible experience” 1 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 Attractions in Oak Ridge
Type: Science Museums, Cultural
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“Poor service = horrible experience”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013 via mobile

Employees were rude to kids when asked questions, they were more interested in their phones. Last hour they rushed us out so they could close early and go home. Wouldn't be bad experience if they hire people that enjoy the work instead of people who are just there for a paycheck.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great history; decent science”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Surprisingly, the highlight of AMSE is not its scientific exhibits, but rather its historical exhibits on WWII and the Manhattan Project. The museum presents a very poignant history of the city of Oak Ridge and its role in the war, using in particular a number of documents from higher-ups in the military to give patrons a view into the internal machinations of the war. I have no complaints about the historical content of the museum, and would return for a second look at the exhibits if I am ever in Oak Ridge again.

Unfortunately, the scientific content was not so great, at least for an adult. Children will probably love the museum; however, a scientifically-interested layman will probably not get much out of the scientific exhibits here. There were also some gross falsities in the various exhibits, e.g. one sign that claimed "In 1976, the Viking Space Exploration Probe found that Einstein's estimates of star positions up to 200 million miles away were accurate to within 50 feet." All in all, the scientific content is still more good than bad, especially for children, and is worth a look.

Visited December 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic outing for a pair of nerds!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We needed a day of rest on a long trip. VERY glad we drove the extra 20 miles outside of Knoxville to visit Oak Ridge. Museum was great. Lots of hands-on things, very interactive for kids but also interesting enough to entertain adults.

Visited November 2012
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Maryville, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Explore history”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

This information contains a lot of good information and interactive exhibits. However, some of the material needs to be updated.

Visited December 2012
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Amazing experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

This museum is amazing. Not only is it a science museum, which is already very cool, but it is also a museum on the history of Oak Ridge and The Secret City. We learned so much and had a lot of fun while we were here. The staff is so friendly and helpful and the exhibits and wonderful. They have different exhibits at different times, so check ahead of time to see what they will have in store for you when you go! I would recommend this for families with children of all ages, or for highschool/college students just wanting a fun day.

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