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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
Ranked #12 of 225 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, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Whether one is for or against the nuclear age, the history of how it came to be is fascinating. The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History shows how the world got to that point and who the players were to make it happen. There are artifacts that allow one to imagine the people coming up with the ideas and the events that furthered their inventions.

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

A place to visit if in the area. Offers a broad view in to the history of the atomic age and the development of the nuclear bomb. Somewhat biased display on the bombings of Japan, but otherwise great. I loved the actual cases of the two bombs and it really gave a feel of what the devices are like. Really cool artifacts from the "nuclear fright" age. I also had an interesting experience here. There was an old engineer from the nuclear development team way back that I had a conversation with. We were talking about the development that goes on up in the lab today and apparently the intendent of the museum pulled him away. This left me wondering if the subject was still a taboo even today?

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Reviewed 14 November 2013

I was interested in learning about the history of the atomic bomb and the origins of the cold war. This was definitely the place to do it! There is a lot of information about the discoveries necessary to make the atomic bomb and than the events that lead up to its use to end WWII. I was really impressed with the amount of video, not only of the trinity test, but also of Japan post-drop, cold war public service announcements, etc. There is also a lot of information-in plain english- about how atomic energy works and nuclear medicine. For the military history buff, there is a ton of information about the different types of nuclear weapons, and the subs/air planes designed to carry them. There is even an outdoor display that includes many different planes. Not my cup of tea, but many of the other visitors seemed to enjoy it. My one complaint would be the noise level. There is a whole room devoted to hands-on science activities for children, but they are quite loud. You can hear them throughout the museum. It wasn't so much noise that I couldn't deal with it, but I would imagine it would be difficult for people with hearing aids to talk to their companions with all of that background noise.

Thank Angela R
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

Both are operated by the Smithsonian, but this is the one to visit. Although there is a lot of space devoted to the military uses, it's balanced with history and science. The airplanes outside not only seem out of place, they are not in very good shape. Face northeast near the missle and you can get the local Costco in the picture - weird juxtaposition.

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Reviewed 6 November 2013 via mobile

The museum is still expanding and is definitely not in a fully finished state, but it was interesting and had exhibits on a lot of aspects of nuclear science. They had an exhibit on nuclear power in popular culture, which was pretty interesting. Not a lot to see in Albuquerque, so I recommend it if you get the chance.

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