Experimental Breeder Reactor No. 1 (EBR-I) Atomic Museum

Experimental Breeder Reactor No. 1 (EBR-I) Atomic Museum

Experimental Breeder Reactor No. 1 (EBR-I) Atomic Museum
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  • tarajean424
    Colleyville, Texas407 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit! Free!
    It was thoroughly impressed with this museum. It is free admission, and I have to say this is a nicely maintained nuclear power plant. I was highly impressed with the tour-our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. The tour takes about an hour, and you get to see the powerplant. It is definitely worth the drive as it is out in the middle of nowhere, but I highly recommend it for families. I learned a lot, and it kept my attention the whole time.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • John P
    South Deerfield, Massachusetts887 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A glowing experiment...6/21/23
    Not scheduled on our itinerary, we swung in for a visit in impulse to see if we left glowing. It wasn't that long ago, but a lifetime for me, that it all began here. First a few light bulbs, then an entire town, then the whole world ! Idaho seems a perfect candidate for solar fields and wind farms, yet we have more in the Northeast. The place is in the middle of nothing. Our self guided tour was very interesting, and we even saw people from our last stop at Craters Of The Moon, an hour away. It was neat to look through three feet of glass, to see the rods in their true size, and even to stand at the top of the core. I'm still wondering if I'll glow when it gets dark enough...
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • ThomasTCat
    785 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unusual Nuclear Powered Aircraft Engines
    I came here to see a unique and not well known part of American history. In the parking lot are two experimental nuclear engines each intended to power a very large aircraft. There also is a very good display board describing the various aircraft designs, the locomotive engine used to control one of the engines, and plans for the largest concrete structure in North America to house the aircraft if it would have been built. These plans never came to be but this is a very good display and provides a very good and interesting insight to the direction American engineering was going once upon a time. These engines are very large and with the necessary shielding and controls they would have weighed a lot but if it ever flew would have stayed in the air a very long time. Since these are test units the next step would have been to scale them down to fit into an aircraft. How fascinating and informative.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • AverageJoe55
    Atlanta, Georgia454 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good stop to learn history
    Close off the highway and easy to access, this is a piece of history well worth seeing. We didn’t do the tour but learned a lot from just walking around and reading the placards. The volunteers we bumped into were all very friendly. Well worth a stop.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
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tarajean424
Colleyville, TX390 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
It was thoroughly impressed with this museum. It is free admission, and I have to say this is a nicely maintained nuclear power plant. I was highly impressed with the tour-our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. The tour takes about an hour, and you get to see the powerplant. It is definitely worth the drive as it is out in the middle of nowhere, but I highly recommend it for families. I learned a lot, and it kept my attention the whole time.
Written June 26, 2023
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TSP2014
Colleyville, TX389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
I found out about this and thought it would be a nice stop after lunch in Idaho Falls. It is out in the middle of nowhere, but it's worth the drive. You can either do a self-guided or a guided-tour. We chose to do the guided-tour. Our guide took us around the plant and told the fascinating history of the plant and what they did there. This attraction is free and is well worth the drive if you are looking for something unique to do.
Written June 20, 2023
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AverageJoe55
Atlanta, GA606 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Close off the highway and easy to access, this is a piece of history well worth seeing. We didn’t do the tour but learned a lot from just walking around and reading the placards. The volunteers we bumped into were all very friendly. Well worth a stop.
Written September 6, 2023
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James Caldwell
Chesapeake, VA117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This was a great experience after seeing Los Alamos. This was the beginning of the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The tour not only was an education on the development of nuclear power but on what is being done today with research and recycling of nuclear material. It was well worth the time.
Written June 9, 2023
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OnlinePhotographer
Coeur d'Alene, ID30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
Would you believe we (the USA) almost had an ATOMIC AIRPLANE at one time? The large equipment to the left of the white building (not seen in the photo at time of this review) is claimed to be an Atomic Engine for an Airplane. Dr. Who fans take note!
Written October 13, 2015
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Dave E
Cathedral City, CA429 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
There is not much to see in Arco, but if you are driving through this is worth the stop. Arco was the first town "atomic powered" town and the history is well presented at the museum. You can wait for a tour or walk yourself through and they do provide a nice opportunity to explore after the tour.
It is open daily - but ONLY Memorial Day to Labor Day
Written October 4, 2014
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Seaside787364
Mount Pleasant, MI7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
We stopped randomly to stretch our legs. It was amazing if you enjoy history. We took a self-guided free tour. You get to see the entire reactor facility and it had kid-friendly activities too. It had a slightly strange vibe but I think it’s because I’m not used to being around former nuclear reactors. It was so great and you should stop! (30-60 minute stop)
Written August 14, 2018
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Anon Y
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Family
I'm wondering how to phrase this without offending anyone. There are a number of reviews that contain incorrect information. I'm sure they are well meaning and hope they will take my comment the same way.

The EBR-1 will appeal to a wide cross section of people. It is very technical, definitely historic (first electricity produce by Atomic energy), educational and very rare. Rare in the sense that very few decommissioned nuclear sites are open to public inspection.

One review suggested that much of the original facility is now gone. This is most definitely not the case the entire facility with offices, reactor, control rooms, robotic manipulator hot cell, and much more is completely preserved. And unlike most museums I think I remember a sign in the control room the said DO TOUCH.

Another review said they were dissuaded from viewing the site by warning signs related to Hanta Virus on the guard shack (not part of the tour) and radiation warnings.

I did ask about the Hanta virus sign and the explanation was that buildings that are closed or abandoned can become homes to feral rodents and other contaminated animals so the sign. I was assured that the occupied buildings and spaces are properly pest controlled.

There is also little threat from radiation. In an abundance of caution the site is still monitored but the student guides that work there receive less radiation from the facility during the summer season than a pilot (or you) would receive on a single transcontinental flight.

The Guides were great but their technical knowledge varied from person to person. It woulds be accurate to say they are better with the history than the science.
Written August 19, 2016
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copperdragon66
Pittsburgh, PA644 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
As someone who has worked in the nuclear industry, this site was a must see for me. I was not disappointed. Seeing how a nuclear plant was operated at the dawn of the industry was fascinating and educational.

We arrived at 4:20 in the afternoon, and the site is only open until 5pm in the summer months only (memorial-labor day). Due to our arrival time, we could only take the self guided tour. This is still quite encompassing and covers everything from how nuclear fission works to how it is controlled and how it is used to make electricity.

I got mixed reviews from the teens. They liked the secret cubbyholes in the museum even if they didn't fully appreciate the significance of each location. They also liked the hands on displays - there was an area where they could try to use remote manipulators to pick up small objects and another area which was a mock up of a real control room - visitors can try to get the plant running and generating electricity.

Depending on your level of interest you can spend 1-2 hours visiting, and the staff are friendly, accessible and outstanding. And it's free too!
Written October 26, 2014
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Oimaronap
Boulder, CO34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Solo
This museum is great. It is located in the actual EBR-1 reactor building and is very interactive. There are very few places in the building that are off-limits. The museum is free to visit and can be toured in an hour or so. Very cool place!
Written July 13, 2011
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