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“Great Place for a family of Seven to Explore”

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
Ranked #5 of 223 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: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
dallas, tx
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Place for a family of Seven to Explore”
Reviewed August 15, 2014

We went because my children ages 8-16 loves science stuff. My husband, too. They enjoyed this museum very much. There are lots to see and read.

My boys enjoyed the airplanes in the back yard. The computer room is a great favorite for my kids.

There are so many things to read and experiment and touch. I would plan to stay at least 2 hours to enjoy at least one spot. The whole museum could easily fill 4 hours of exploring.

Visited August 2014
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 403 helpful votes
“Nothing fancy but well put together”
Reviewed August 14, 2014

It's not a super slick place, it's put together in a utilitarian kinda way. But the topics covered, the quality of the exhibit materials themselves, and the associated content is great. My favorite part is all of the nuclear munitions and missiles, fun! Pro tip - don't forget to go outside and check out the planes.

Visited November 2013
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Belfair, Washington
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Interesting place”
Reviewed August 14, 2014

Really enjoyed the outdoor exhibits. Interesting displays. Showed the beginning and the development of the nuclear age. Even has HAM's burial spot there. HAM was the first chimp who was flown into space. Amazing how the times have changed and increased our knowledge. Some facts that some people might not know like there were booms that were accidentally dropped and didn't explode. Has portraits of astronauts and many people involved in the space race. Good place to go.

Visited August 2014
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Port Deposit, Maryland
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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A Bomb of a Museum”
Reviewed August 12, 2014

This museum is first-class and packed with interesting exhibits. The Hiroshima exhibit really touched me, especially the twisted, burnt tricycle of a toddler. The exhibits were balanced, helping the viewer see both sides of the nuclear moral debate. View the plane exhibit outside. It's hard to imagine the size of those flying machines unless you physically see them.

Visited July 2014
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Rogers, Arkansas
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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
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