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“Its free, and if you are into history and science a must see!”

Bradbury Science Museum
Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Los Alamos
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Approximately 60 interactive exhibits trace the history of the WWII Manhattan Project, highlight Los Alamos National Laboratory's current and historic research projects related to defense and technology, and focus on Laboratory research related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health and global security concerns. These exhibits together with extensive educational and community programs draw nearly 80,000 visitors a year. Admission is FREE and open to the public. We are open every day except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday & Monday: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
“Its free, and if you are into history and science a must see!”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

We learned so much - and for a small museum it is jam-packed with interesting displays. Easy 2 hours and worth watching the 16 historic film and also the 6 minute film about current Lab (LANL). We knew about Los Alamos as the site of the Manhattan Project but were not aware of the ongoing work. It's all fascinating if you're into history and/or science. We are so we loved it.

Visited February 2013
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“Wonderful history along with the science”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

This was a great place to visit, with several interactive displays and lots of history to explain the development of nuclear warfare.

Visited December 2012
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El Paso, TX
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“Second best (next the Smithsonian) free museum I've ever been to.”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

A ton of history here, about the Manhattan project and beyond, with movies, exhibits, interactive stuff for the kids. Very clean and modern. And free. Not even a place to donate a few bucks if you want to. Great way to spend a couple hours and learn some things you didn't know.

Visited January 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Cool place”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

We spend couple of hours in this "free" museum learning so much. We had a blast with the mapping the brain station. Great time.

Visited December 2012
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“A Critical American Drama Described at the Bradbury Museum, Los Alamos”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

There is no story in American history with the suspense, political urgency and a remarkable achievement as the development of the atom bomb. The Bradbury museum in Los Alamos not only describes the extensive Manhattan Project's history but the challenges of creating several facilities, directed from Los Alamos, which would produce the technological advances and raw materials necessary for the atom bomb. Additionally there are exhibits that describe the role of the Los Alamos National Laboratory over the past 65 years and its many current research functions which play key roles in American policy. While the use of the atom bomb may be debated, there is no debate about America's ability to mobilize its scientific and manufacturing capacity under the national threat during WWII. The even-handed discussion at the museum makes a good history lesson.

Although many of the exhibits and films may be interesting only to teenagers and above, there are entertaining interactive displays for younger visitors. The bookstore has been closed. If one is traveling anywhere near Los Alamos a visit to this historical town brings to life a real adventure in American history

Visited December 2012
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