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“one of the most interesting science museum visited”

American Museum of Science & Energy
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Oak Ridge
Certificate of Excellence
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8 reviews
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“one of the most interesting science museum visited”
Reviewed June 13, 2011

very informative World War II, Cold War, atomic bomb exhibits and more; only planned to spend an hour, and was there for half a day; will definitely return with school age grandchildren. Entry fee extremely reasonable.

Visited April 2011
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Museum seems a little dated - but a lot of interactive exhibits for kids”
Reviewed May 31, 2011

I had been to this museum over ten years ago. Not much has changed. Some interesting exhibits on Oak Ridge's past. (Oak Ridge still has a bit of a spooky feel to it. While the city itself is nice and modern, as you travel the countryside around the the city limits you just wonder how much of the area's legacy is still buried throughout the hills.)

As for the rest of the museum there is a lot of interactive science exhibits for kids. This is probably the best part of the museum. There is also a small gift shop and an auditorium where they show movies and/or do demonstrations.

A good place to spend a couple hours on a rainy day. Otherwise, head to the Smokies south of Knoxville.

Visited May 2011
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Owensboro, Kentucky
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“Interesting history of Oak Ridge”
Reviewed October 17, 2010

This is a good place to learn about the history of the secret town of Oak Ridge, one of several labs that worked on the atomic bomb in the 1940s. Highlights include touring one of the houses brought in for the workers on the A-bomb. Admission is cheap - $5.00 per person as of October 2010. The section on Oak Ridge is by far the best part of this place; most of the other exhibits are badly outdated. Many of the staff were indifferent and not very friendly; the poor old gentleman manning the information booth seemed slightly confused and out of sorts. Good for an afternoon outing.

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“Eye opening experience to visualize the "Secret City"”
Reviewed April 22, 2009

We escorted friends to this museum and they found it fascinating. It is especially interesting to the over 60 population because it brings back so many memories. If you were young during the time this city was built, you did not hear anything about it. Fascinating how they built such a huge complex in such a short period of time. Oak Ridge was not even on the map until 1949. They could not keep a secret like this now!

There is a great science area for the youngsters and lots of room to explore. Great for inquisitive minds.

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