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American Museum of Science & Energy

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"Educational for children and adults"

Located in a small building next to J.C. Penney's The A.M.S.E. shares The Oak Ridge Story and the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Engaging and Immersive Museum Experience

The new American Museum of Science & Energy is a must see if you have an interest in any aspect of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Located in a small building next to J.C. Penney's The A.M.S.E. shares The Oak Ridge Story and the creation of atomic energy with displays that are colorful and educational for children and adults. If you want to learn more about The Manhattan Project they offer...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is someone's idea of an improvement? My wife and I had visited A.M.S.E. previously when it was located on Tulane Avenue. It was our first time there, and we along with another couple found it to be a fascinating experience. My wife, who is...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The new American Museum of Science & Energy is a must see if you have an interest in any aspect of the USA's atomic past and future. The museum has many engaging hands-on displays and presents the amazing Oak Ridge story beginning with it's creation...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank SeeUSA1st
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to learn about the history of the nuclear program, as well as other things, this is an amazing way to do it. While it has recently been relocated and is smaller than previously, as I understand it, I could still have easily...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Brenda D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit here. The museum is on the small side, so it doesn't take a long time to go through. They did manage to pack in a lot of interesting stuff in the space they have however. My youngest (6) was a little...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 10, 2019 via mobile

I had a great time here. I'm a huge fan of the Manhattan Project, nuclear power, and energy in general. There was tons to see and read about here. They had lots for kids of all ages to interact with and I wish my son...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed February 22, 2019

This musuem and in particular it's exhibit of the calutron cubicle and the story of the separation of urnanium was particularly important for myself and my family. My grandfather was one of the engineers working at Y-12 during the heyday of Oak Ridge as a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Anne M
Reviewed February 17, 2019

The museum is interesting and it is rather a visitors center rather than a museum per se. Quite expensive for what's offered, but still a nice general overview of the different activities done in the Oak Ridge Reservation.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank SilkDragonfly
Reviewed February 10, 2019

As in my title if you were never a visitor to the old museum you might not be dissapointed by the new one. The old museum(pre 2018) was an incredible place, rich in the history of Oak Ridge, the people, and the Manhattan project. This...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Ralphup
Reviewed February 1, 2019

Tucked in a corner of a shopping center, this little museum appears to serve several functions as our title above indicates. We came because we wanted to learn about Oak Ridge's role in the Manhattan Project in World War II. This is covered in modest...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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August 17, 2018|
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Response from Susan D | Reviewed this property |
This type of question needs to be directed at the offices there. It is not possible for me to answer affirmatively without further research.
July 19, 2018|
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Response from AMSEStaff | Property representative |
No, the John Hendrix exhibit is no longer part of the museum.
Patt B
May 2, 2018|
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Response from Susan D | Reviewed this property |
I went in the morning and it was ideal. I am not sure if this would be the same during the summer.