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“Incredible collection of real atomic bombs!”

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
Ranked #7 of 222 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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Rogers, Arkansas
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55 reviews
41 attraction reviews
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“Incredible collection of real atomic bombs!”
Reviewed August 7, 2014

learn all about the cold war and the atomic bomb. Something for everyone of all ages but men over 40 who remember the cold war will love it the most. Kids under 7 might not enjoy it as the concept may be over their heads. Allow several hours as the is so much to see. where else can you touch real atomic bombs! The history that they have preserved here is amazing. the bombs that were accidentally dropped from planes but did'nt explode are there, scary. Gift shop has lots of commercial junk, but you might find a nice souvenir to remember your visit. They close the parking lot gates at 5 and they don't let you forget that.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Mike J
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“Definitely for Science lovers”
Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Overall, a good museum. Some areas better than others. Not really for lower elementary aged children. Personnel not kid friendly. Outdoor exhibits need major work.

Visited September 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“This is only for Scientist, Chemist, Air Force and maybe War Historians”
Reviewed August 3, 2014

Lots of reading, lots of information if you are interested in the sciences, air force or WWII and yes the Cold War and Nuclear Race of Arms! I would rate it Very Good because I'm a history, trivia and active duty military but I don't want to confuse people. Nice Parking, Nice Gift shop and the museum has a lot of crap (Good and Bad) but is is very disorganized and not logically connected. One minute you are reading about Germans, Japanese, Russians, Air Force and list goes on to Nuclear Power Plants. I thought there would have been more stuff about Navy Vessels but nooooo. There was some type of Kids display/interactive center similar to the ballon museum that was a littel annoying. Don't get me wrong some of the displays were good but the place lack movies to educate the non-reader and also not enough interactive touch screen stations. Given this subject of late, I expected much more! The place looks big on the outside but small on the inside. SMH!!!

Visited August 2014
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San Diego, California
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“A fascinating look into our nuclear history”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

This museum offers a comprehensive look at our nuclear history, with exhibits including chilling replicas of Fat Man and Little Boy, the atomic bombs that dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and "duck and cover" drills schoolchildren used to do during the Cold War. Seeing examples of nuclear weapons as well as devices that harness nuclear power for our benefit give it a balance and a hopeful look at the future. I was especially struck by the history of "Broken Arrows" -- nuclear weapons that have been dropped, lost, or gone missing over the years. It's kind of amazing the human race has survived as long as it has.

Visited June 2014
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Chania Town, Greece
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“Great museum”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

Visited the museum today not expecting to see anything really impresive. But I was completely wrong. There has been a great deal of work put into it and from what I've learnt there is a continuous effort for improvement. Stuff for kids to do and interesting facts that will impress every adult. Generally I believe it sheds light on many aspects of the race to build the first atomic bomb during WWII. Again, GREAT JOB!!! I forgot to mention, reasonably priced, with the entry at $8 for adults.

Visited July 2014
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