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“Science with a Personal Twist”

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
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“Science with a Personal Twist”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

The Bradbury is not just about the Manhattan Project. It tries to explain the very mysterious work of Los Alamos Labs. There are lots of interactive displays and stories for some really out there work. I especially liked the timeline room for World War II and the stories of the people who worked there. People picked up and transported to a secret world. The drive from Santa Fe is beautiful. This won't hold the interest of children.

Visited October 2013
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“Museum with impact”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

My wife and I went here for an afternoon. It is really an adult museum about the power of nuclear weapons past present and future. There's lots to se and here about from such a small museum.

Visited October 2013
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“Few, overpackaged exhibits”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

It kills me to give a less-than-good review of a museum like this, since the people running it are obviously trying hard. But though I am interested in science, I found little to look at here, and I breezed in and out in about a half-hour with no real lasting impression. Every exhibit is what I call over-packaged: one tiny thing (a thing that is often not too interesting to look at in and of itself, e.g., a plain metal box with some electrical connectors) is surrounded by many square yards of wallspace, all painted in multiple bright "happy" colors, chock-full of pictures and many small paragraphs of text mounted in random places.

Most frustrating example: they have a fabulous old Cray-1 supercomputer, but it's hidden behind tinted glass, and to view it you have to press a button and watch a video or audio while timed spotlights light up different areas for a few seconds each. And in the end, all that packaging really says nothing about how the machine is laid out, and you can barely see the thing.

Visited October 2013
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“A great stop along a scenic route”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

We were cutting our way through New Mexico from Taos to Albuquerque along a lovely scenic route. Los Alamos was in the middle so we stopped. Interesting town. Clearly a government setting with nothing really out of place but nothing pretty, either. Functional would be the word. Anyway, the city offers a self-guided walking city tour of various sites. Stop in at the city visitor center and they'll set you up with a guide with about 15 points of interest. We toured a small, older museum that had history of the town and the Manhattan Project then we went to the science museum. The first one was good but the science museum was excellent. Several good videos talking about the Manhattan Project and other displays concerning various aspects of the nuclear age, research, computers and other contributions that scientists at Los Alamos are doing. Both museums are free but they are happy to take donations. A worthwhile stop--be sure to give it at least 3-4 hours.

Visited October 2013
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“Details on the Manhattan Project and lots of science”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

Free! Lots of hi tech and scientific information here, some more than I understand or wanted to know. But the really interesting parts were about the Manhattan Project, I learned a lot. The film explained so much about how it started, how people were selected to be in it, how they built the area up, and how they actually lived there. Super interesting.
Note: Initially, we thought it was "Ray" Bradbury, and about scifi... but as someone mentioned the museum is named after someone else and about real science. Just as interesting. Worth a visit!

Visited October 2013
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