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“Great museum on atomic energy and Manhattan Project”

Bradbury Science Museum
Ranked #2 of 28 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
Reviewed May 25, 2013

This was our second visit to this museum. Very well done, especially the sections on atomic bombs and the Manhattan Project. Some of the documents on display (such as Enrico Fermi's notes from the Trinity test) were fascinating to read. No charge and plenty of parking. Well worth a visit for the history and or science fan.

1  Thank George H
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

I went with my 11, 10 and 2 yr old kiddos and we all had fun. Staff was super friendly and informative and the exhibits were great. Would totally recommend for all ages.

Thank Jessica H
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

I found this museum a bit humbly. Lots of interesting pieces, some not so interesting, in a somewhat confusing layout. All about justifying the work (classified, so you'll have to trust us) that is being done at Los Alamos. All pro-nuclear, which is okay and expected. The bomb? Two great models and a little indifference.

Thank piotzar
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

The museum is operated by the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Community Programs Office to help educate people on some of their current and historical projects such as The Manhattan Project. The museum has 3 galleries- History, Defense, and Research. There are several short films to see that are very good. The first one is a film called "The Town That Never Was" that tells the story about Los Alamos and The Manhattan Project. There is also a film that tells what the lab does today to help secure and maintain our aging nuclear weapons. Don't think that it is all about atomic bombs because it's not. There are lots of other exhibits as well such as how we live with radiation in everyday life and how we use it in the medical field as well.

One of the other reviewers said that Los Alamos may be past its prime. I disagree. The work that has been done and is still being done by the Los Alamos National Laboratory is extraordinary. Look at Nuclear Medicine alone with things like X-Rays, CAT Scans, MRI's, and Ultrasounds. All of those are a result of Nuclear Technology which started in Los Alamos at what was to become the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

I think that this is a great museum to visit. Don't miss it.

Sorry I didn't take any photos.

1  Thank zippy608
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Great history in wonderful displays. It is too bad that Los Alamos may be well past its prime. The engineering and science that took place there was extraordinary. A bit limited in size, but well done.

Thank bobbyg66
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