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National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
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601 Eubank Blvd SE
Albuquerque NM 87123
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What can guests expect to experience when visiting the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History?
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History (formerly the National Atomic Museum) is an intriguing place to learn the story of the Atomic Age, from early research of nuclear development through today’s peaceful uses of technology. The Museum is located at 601 Eubank SE, just south of Central. This 30,000 sq. ft. building and 9-acre outdoor exhibit area house temporary and permanent exhibitions including Nuclear Medicine , Energy Encounters , Manhattan Project , Atomic Pop Culture , Pioneers of the Atom and more. The Museum also hosts Little Albert’s Lab, an area where young, inquisitive minds can explore hands-on science activities. The popular outdoor exhibit area, known as Heritage Park, houses planes, such as the historic B-29 Superfortress, rockets, missiles, cannons and a nuclear submarine sail. 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.
When was the Museum established?
Established in 1969 on Kirtland Air Force Base, the Museum closed its doors on Sept. 11, 2001, due to heightened security measures. After a temporary stay in Old Town from 2002 to 2009, the Museum reopened in its current location in southeast Albuquerque in April 2009, when it was renamed The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.
What types of programs do you host?
A main focus at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. Through field trip opportunities, student programming for special exhibits, junior volunteer opportunities, family events and science camps, the Museum is able to cater to students, scouts, teachers and families. The Museum's "Science is Everywhere" camps—all following Albuquerque Public Schools’ break schedules—run during winter, spring and summer breaks for children ages 6-12. These are day or week-long learning adventures where science comes to life in camps such as "Sci-Fi Squad," "Rockets, Rockets, Rockets," "Fact or Fairytale," "Spy Kids" and more. Spring Camp is also right around the corner, taking place March 30-April 3, and registration is now open at nuclearmuseum.org.
What is the Museum working on now?
The Museum's historic B-29 Superfortress, one of only 17 left in existence, will be the focus of a special initiative within “Operation Preservation”—a two-year campaign to repaint and refurbish multiple iconic aircrafts in Heritage Park.
What are some of the ways to get involved with the Museum?
There are many levels of membership that hold benefits such as camp and store discounts, unlimited free admission into the Museum and free admission to over 250 science centers throughout the nation. We also welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in projects ranging from airplane restoration to event planning.
What are some upcoming events at the Museum?
Our annual "Einstein Gala," New Mexico's biggest science party of the year, will be held at the Sheraton Uptown Hotel on Saturday, March 21. "Movie Under the Wings" will provide visitors with a unique outdoor movie experience that features the classic film Back to the Future on Saturday, June 20. For a list of all upcoming events and programs, please visit nuclearmuseum.org.
Is there anything else visitors need to know about the Museum?
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is a not-for-profit, educational entity that is an intriguing place to learn, to imagine, to think and to draw your own conclusions. We are chartered by Congress, and we are the only national museum in New Mexico. The Museum is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm.
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