Hanford Nuclear Reservation

Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Richland

Hanford Nuclear Reservation

Hanford Nuclear Reservation
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Cindy O
West Richland, WA4 contributions
Toured!!
Mar 2019
This is a very informative tour, and full of history. Learned a few things that I had never realized from living around here, that I thought were odd..........the tour explained :-)
Written February 24, 2020
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brickerhouse
Bonney Lake, Washington31 contributions
a buckist list event.
Aug 2019
This tour is amazing, how in two years all the buildings and infrastructure was
constructed, including the story on the United States race against the Germans to develop a bomb...jaw dropping......words cannot describe the facility or locations.
Written November 5, 2019
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Jim m
Dothan, AL35 contributions
Filled with facts.
Oct 2019
At first I had a rough time finding any information on the tour. I finally googled reactor B and I came to the web site. You must make reservations in advance, but I made mine two days before the tour. Meeting place was easy to find. A short presentation started the tour then we loaded the bus for a 45 minute tour. Tour guide gave an informative presentation on the surrounding area. Once there another presentation at the reactor itself and then you were on your own, but tour guides were available to answer question. This free 4 hour tour.
Written October 26, 2019
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Michael B
West Linn, OR64 contributions
B reactor Tour
Oct 2019
The B reactor was built in 1944 and was a key facility of the Manhattan Project. It produced plutonium for atomic weapons. It has been converted to a museum and is now managed by the National Park Service. It is worth touring for it's historical significance and engineering achievement. The docents were extremely knowledgeable and provided a broad overview of the B reactor and the Hanford Reservation. It is somewhat somber to consider the role this facility in WWII and the cold war, but it's role in world history makes it a must see.

The tour begins with a 45 minute bus ride from Richland. Reservations must be made online. Not recommended for young children
Written October 8, 2019
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Don H
Kirkland, WA920 contributions
Old Hanford Town-site Tour
Sep 2019
This write up is for the tour of the Hanford town site and vicinity. It was great, with very professional guides, excellent driver, and very informative. We encourage all to attend this educational tour.
Written October 7, 2019
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Daniel B
Richland, WA41 contributions
Great tour and experience.
Jun 2019 • Family
Went with my son and we both loved it. It was a good amount of time and it was a great history lesson. To be in the reactor where the first atomic bomb plutonium was made was amazing.
Written October 6, 2019
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bLiselotte
Palatine, IL597 contributions
Must Do
Sep 2019 • Solo
I found this interesting. It takes a commitment of 4 hours with a bus ride which is narrated both ways. Then 1.5 hours for the site itself. The is a talk in front of the reactor itself and two separate talks at the water valves and the command center. The rest of the time you can wander on your own. A couple of models help to understand how the reactor worked. This all had the feel of a site in infancy. The potential for the site is evident. I learned a lot and almost have a handle on this uranium, plutonium science. Take the time to visit and learn.
Written September 27, 2019
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mountainoutin
Irvine, California307 contributions
A unique opportunity to see inside a nuclear reactor
Sep 2019
The escorted tour through the deactivated B Reactor (the one which produced plutonium for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki) is both an intimate insight on the nuclear technology developed during WW II, and a perspective on atomic reactors of the present. Narration by guides provides a semi-technical but fully understandable explanation of how the reactor was designed and the measures taken to ensure its safe operation. Not for children, but a "must" for adults concerned about today's nuclear efforts, both peaceful and military.
Written September 25, 2019
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Jeanice C
Lone Pine, CA21 contributions
Mind Boggling
Sep 2019
This is a MUST Do. It is so hard for me to believe I was actually standing five feet away from a real nuclear reactor. Who ever gets to do something like this?? You must go. It is FREE - I'd be willing to pay to see this. It does take four hours for the B Reactor tour and it is spellbinding. The tour guides are retired nuclear physists and so knowledgeable. And they have the ability to dumb down all the science for those of us who are not scientists. The Museum offers two other tours as well.
Written September 25, 2019
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761joycea
Concord, New Hampshire141 contributions
One of the cornerstones of my trip planning
Aug 2019
When I found out about this I knew I wanted to see it, and I worked it into a long road trip. Well worth the time and effort to get there. I love sites where "history happened", and this is it: they produced the plutonium for early nuclear bombs right here, and regardless of which of the many positions one can take on nuclear energy, this is a fascinating tour. You can support it, hate it, love it, fear it, whatever... you will learn something worth knowing here.

The facility isn't as run-down as I expected it to be from some of the descriptions I read; it's actually in very good shape and almost looks like the scientists from 75 years ago could walk in any moment and pick up where they left off. The sight of the reactor itself is breathtaking. The docents are all very knowledgeable and more than happy to answer any questions along the way. Three presentations are given during the time spent at B Reactor, and time is also provided to "wander" around the various areas inside the building.

A 45-minute bus trip to get out there and back again is part of the duration of the tour, so it's a four-hour time commitment to do the back-and-forth plus the time spent at the site. Not a place where you can just come and go as you please. Those with small children who tend to get bored and restless might not find it a family-friendly activity.
Written September 7, 2019
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