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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
Ranked #10 of 174 things to do in Albuquerque
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Owner description: The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is the New Mexico’s only congressionally chartered museum in its field and a Smithsonian affiliate. Visitors can explore how nuclear science continues to influence our world. The museum strives to present, through permanent and changing exhibits and displays, the diverse applications of nuclear energy in the past, present and future along with the stories of the field’s pioneers. Originally known as the National Atomic Museum, it was established in 1969 as an intriguing place to learn the story of the Atomic Age, from early research of nuclear development through today’s peaceful uses of nuclear technology.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The docents were very friendly and seemed to seek the opportunity to discuss the exhibits. It was very clean and the hands-on exhibits were almost all functioning. Going on a weekday morning, we had few people to contend with--and were leaving just as the bus load of school-agers arrived!

It's a difficult subject to address, since the subjects--atomic bombs and nuclear energy--don't exactly lend themselves to casual observation. Still, the Fat Man and Little Boy replicas were interesting, as well as Gadget. The static display airplanes were sorely in need of refurbishing. There were two submarine conning towers, but no information on either that I saw.

If I could humbly offer a suggestion, it would be to obtain artifacts from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, even if for short-term loans.

Thank Eric J
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

This is fantastic place to go to if you are from out of town, or if you're in town and have never been. The artifacts from the atomic era are spectacular, and the replicas are quite well made as well. If you see staff members walking around, ask them questions, I guarantee they will be happy to let you know more. The volunteers at this place are excellent, and they won't pass up a chance to make your experience a good one. This place is largely funded by Sandia National Labs, which has a large foothold in nuclear research. The outdoor exhibit is a work in progress, but even though it is somewhat lacking in finesse, you can still appreciate the very large pieces they have out there. I highly recommend you stop by and support this attraction, especially if you have older children who would like to be scientists or engineers.

Thank Natejitsu
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

I've never seen interviews with the crew of the Enola Gay before. And the museum covers a range of uses for nuclear energy as well as alternative energy sources. Don't miss it.

Thank Bruce-Sandra25
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

An outstanding educational experience. I learned more about nuclear science than I ever knew before. Great exhibits of early scientists - fascinating. Better suited to over 14 yrs old although some kid friendly attractions. Plan to spend at least one hour - we stayed for two because hubby was in Navy and was thrilled to see equipment he had worked with many years ago. Volunteer staff (Military Veterans) answer questions and we even had a personal tour of B-52 - incredible. Fun gift shop - great T-shirts - a little pricey, but they have to make money to maintain the collections. Will return again.

Thank MuddyLou
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

This museum strikes a perfect balance between educational and entertaining. And that's tough for a science museum. This museum's focus on the nuclear age (the race to get the fission bomb, the use of the a-bomb in WWII, the further advancement of the fusion bomb, nuclear power, the cold war, nuclear medicine, and so much more) can be difficult to convey because of the scientific knowledge required to understand the content. However, this museum does so with ease. Their text panels pack a punch with LOTS of content whiles their hands on exhibits allow you to explore the topics you've just read about. There are countless well-curated vitrines as well with historic objects that help illustrate the stories on the text panels. There are plenty of guides throughout the exhibits, but they are not pushy - they are available if you have questions.
And there are planes and missiles out back.

Thank JBrunecky
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