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“Better than it Looks from the Outside”

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Oak Ridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

This little gem is tucked away in a non assuming building in Oak Ridge. Once inside it has a lot to offer with plenty of hands on areas for the kids. There are several distinct "rooms" that cover a particular topic like early settler lifestyles, The Secret City and A-Bomb project etc. Its a great way to spend two hours or so with the kids.

Thank Jeff E
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

My wife and I brought our 2 year old and 5 year old boys to see the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge last Sunday @ 2:00 PM right after waking them up from a nap in the car. They were both scared into action by the 10 ft tall polar bear left of main entrance. Both boys went immediately to the cabin scene constructed with an old dog trot or dog run in the middle. There are many rooms with the boys to play and explore in as a children should. My boys played for 20 mins in the fantasy room with the space ship and castle. While the museum is not modern, high budget and full of gadgetry; This museum has a charm that only can be found when you bring out the original real and heavy items of the past from behind the glass for physical and close inspection. Combine these items in a setting constructed with an imaginative and caring effort of handmade detail and you bring out something unique. An unexpected bonus for me was the area where the 1940s Oak Ridge was recreated in the form of period living rooms, radio broadcasts echoing the "Dec. 7th 1941 will go down in infamy...." Roosevelt speech, big bands playing on the phonograph by a reading light and large photographs showing Oak Ridge full of young people located in what must have seemed like the center of the universe to them. The old school building the museum is located in, must be casting its spirit on the staff and me to keep a strict eye on the running, yelling and the handling of open display items by the children. The staff seem to be more custodians than facilitators of learning and fun. Overall, my kids loved it and that is what counts. Agree?

1  Thank cwoods474
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Reviewed 7 August 2013 via mobile

The kids (20 months - 9 years) had a great time. We were there for about 2.5 hours this morning, left for lunch and naps, and returned for another 1.5 hours this afternoon. There was no re-entry fee this afternoon. The staff was really pleasant upon entry and exit.
We've been to three other children's museums this summer, and the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge is our favorite! We will definitely return!!

1  Thank tennvols2009
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

The Children's Museum is housed in an original school building built when the city of Oak Ridge was built in 1942. Classrooms have been tranformed into learning experiences for children with topics including arts and crafts, historical dotls, a huge railroad display including a refurbished caboose.

Special activities are held througout the year including an International Festival with entertainment, food vendors, and plenty of activities for the kids.

An unusual museum that will give children an opportunity to learn about the history of Oak Ridge and East Tennessee, with many modern lessons to be learned too.

1  Thank Bryan L
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

The staff were about as welcoming as prison guards and I even saw one scream at a small child so loudly he cried.

Exhibits were okay, but dated.

All in all, it made the movies seem like a bargain.

Thank TNHillbillee
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