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“Definitely for Science lovers” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
601 Eubank Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123
505 245 2137
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Ranked #12 of 107 Attractions in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science museums, Specialty museums, Museums
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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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
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“Definitely for Science lovers”
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.

Visited September 2013
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“This is only for Scientist, Chemist, Air Force and maybe War Historians”
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 of crap (Good and Bad) but is is very disorganized and not logically connected. One minute you are reading about Germans, Japanese, Russians, Air Force and list goes on to Nuclear Power Plants. I thought there would have been more stuff about Navy Vessels but nooooo. There was some type of Kids display/interactive center similar to the ballon museum that was a littel annoying. Don't get me wrong some of the displays were good but the place lack movies to educate the non-reader and also not enough interactive touch screen stations. Given this subject of late, I expected much more! The place looks big on the outside but small on the inside. SMH!!!

Visited August 2014
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“A fascinating look into our nuclear history”
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 it a balance and a hopeful look at the future. I was especially struck by the history of "Broken Arrows" -- nuclear weapons that have been dropped, lost, or gone missing over the years. It's kind of amazing the human race has survived as long as it has.

Visited June 2014
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“Great museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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 aspects of the race to build the first atomic bomb during WWII. Again, GREAT JOB!!! I forgot to mention, reasonably priced, with the entry at $8 for adults.

Visited July 2014
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“Unbelievably Significant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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