Manhattan Project National Historical Park

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Manhattan Project National Historical Park

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OHGFAB
Mansfield, Ohio34 contributions
Helpful volunteer, but this is not a National Park
Mar 2021
This is a little confusing on what this actually is. There is no actual national park about the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge. In the children’s museum (which is the address given for the “park”), there is a small desk to the right of the entry way where the NPS has a desk with some brochures/maps. There was a very helpful volunteer who explained to us that many of the sites associated with the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge are currently closed due to Covid. You can tour the children’s museum—she said they have an exhibit about the history of the town. The museum used to be the school for the town of Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project. We did not go through the museum as there is a fee. So, at this location, there is no real national park, but you do want to stop in and get a map. It has many locations around Oak Ridge marked and it explains what each location is about. You can visit the Friendship Bell and the Secret City Commerative Walk (park in the library parking lot). Most of the other museums associated with Oak Ridge were closed in March 2021.
Written March 23, 2021
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Brian Krieger
Shelby, OH318 contributions
This NPS Site Needs Done Right!
Aug 2020 • Family
It pains me to give a Poor Review to a NPS site, but this place needs to be developed and expanded. For starters, the Visitor Center is little more than a desk inside the local Children’s Museum. The ranger and VIP were nice and all, but I can’t imagine there is much for them to do here. No artifacts, no pictures, no oral histories, no anything. There may have been some stuff inside the Children’s Museum, but I wasn’t going to pay $40 for the family to find out. We drove around town and saw a few of the Manhattan Project sites (notable homes and buildings) but you can’t really tour any of them and some are obscured due to security reasons. The memorial park and bell was a nice walk, but again, would have been enhanced by displays and plaques. Since Oak Ridge is still very much a functioning city, I would like to see the NPS embrace it and include more primary sources and histories within a state of the art visitor center. This site portrays itself as a history of the people living and working in the “Secret City” during the 1940s...unfortunately most of their actions and contributions remain secret due to a lackluster historic site. No fee to enter, unless you do the Children’s Museum. Gift shop is almost entirely for the Kids Museum; no food or drinks on hand. Junior Ranger program is available.
Written August 27, 2020
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Maddox1000
305 contributions
Confused
Jul 2020 • Family
We stopped at the Manhattan Project NHP’s small visitor’s center in Oak Ridge. This facility is shared with a local children’s museum. We walked in, we were directed into the section reserved for the Manhattan Project. As we exited the restrooms the young woman who had greeted us informed me there was an entry fee she had neglected to collect. The NPS website indicates there is no fee for this facility. I was told it was $7.50 for myself and my 11 year old nephew. Anyone know what’s up at this site?
Written July 2, 2020
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PvcM
Alexandria, VA124 contributions
Just a contact station not a Park
Jan 2020 • Couples
About all you can do here is get your NPS passport stamped (feels like cheating). There is a contact station in the Children’s Museum where you can get a brochure and driving map of “features”, but some are pretty lame (the shopping center built for residents and a peace bell). To do this you really need to contact the American Museum of Science & Energy AMSE.org and do the bus tour, but note it is only open to US citizens and is closed in the winter.
Written January 16, 2020
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Trip188322
46 contributions
Looking back to WWII science and and Discovery
May 2019
Excellent collection of historical developments/explorations in science, engineering and technology from this Secret City Oak Ridge starting from WW II era. Come alone, come as family, young and old, you will love it
Written September 1, 2019
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GAlady2001
Atlanta, GA28 contributions
Wow!
Mar 2019
Looks small from the outside but HUGH inside. Divided into areas where history, physics and current uses are explored. There are great short films which add background information; in all a museum for adults and children alike. We missed the bus tour because i did not read the information carefully and we may go back just to experience that part too.
Written April 1, 2019
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PKnowsFood
Oak Ridge, TN25 contributions
A step back in time
Mar 2019
This facility is a phenomenal step back in time to the beginning of the end of World War II. It's well worth a trip to view a piece of American History.
Written March 19, 2019
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Brian V
Amarillo, TX150 contributions
Great piece of history
Mar 2019 • Business
Such a wonderful collection of history. Definitely worth a visit. The trip out to the site via the bus tour from AMSE is definitely worth it if you can manage to time it correctly. Unfortunately, you can just visit most of this on a whim as it's still an active NNSA site.
Written March 10, 2019
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interceptpubs
Columbus, IN1,004 contributions
A virtual park?
Jan 2019 • Solo
We saw a sign hanging from a lamppost while driving around Oak Ridge, but it appears that there is no physical park with a visitor center, etc. Apparently the closest thing is the little American Museum of Science and Engineering next to the J C Penney in a local shopping center. We toured the museum (for $8) - okay, but not worth the price as only a relatively small fraction of this small museum actually deals with the Manhattan Project. They apparently give bus tours from there, but sadly we didn't have time to investigate these further. Given the significance of the Manhattan Project to World War II and American history and Oak Ridge's roll in the development of the atomic bomb, one would like to think there's a lot more that could be told.
Written February 1, 2019
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avie8tor
Glendale, AZ209 contributions
This is a BUCKET LIST for older adults
Sep 2018 • Couples
After finely finding the new location for the tours, the old museum, where the tours used to leave from is now closed, we, wife and I, were pleased to find the new Temp. location adiquate. I say all older adults should see and hear how close this project came to being a total disaster. By that I mean it could have failed miserably and World War II would have gone on for years, or,it could have distroyed all the oxygen on the planet killing us all. None of those working on this project (including the scientist) had any idea which way it would go. Secrecy was a must and no one person who worked at Oak Ridge knew everything. One fact will make the women taking the tour happy as it was found that the women out did the men when it came to watching and monitoring the processes being performed. The history of what local residence of the land had to give up to obtail the land for this project is amazing. The size of the number of employees will also amaze. It is a must see for anyone who has heard of the Manhatten Project. We highly recommend this tour. Ron.
Written September 28, 2018
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