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Experimental Breeder Reactor No. 1 (EBR-I) Atomic Museum

Arco, ID
+1 208-526-0050
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Fascinating history told with passion

On lonely highway 20/26 between Arco and Idaho Falls, EBR-1 stands quietly as a proud national... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
MNDoodles
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Stillwater, Minnesota
Best part of our trip

Our 4 girls ages 10 to 14 were engaged and asking questions because the free tour was paced just... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rebecca W
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“nuclear power” (27 reviews)
“control room” (12 reviews)
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Arco, ID
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+1 208-526-0050
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Reviewed 4 days ago

On lonely highway 20/26 between Arco and Idaho Falls, EBR-1 stands quietly as a proud national historic landmark to tell the story of our country’s effort to develop atomic energy for peaceful purposes in the 1950s-60s. I loved this site because I was able to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our 4 girls ages 10 to 14 were engaged and asking questions because the free tour was paced just right to keep their attention. We had some interesting discussions about history and the nature of energy production and the future. Just a good starting point...More

Thank Rebecca W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We happened on this museum while traveling between Arco and Idaho Falls. It is pretty amazing the first nuclear reactor to provide power in our country was made into a museum. The museum itself is great and takes an hour or less to see. It...More

Thank Chris L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The sign doesn’t do the museum justice. This place is like getting to run around the Apollo project and touch things. We were extremely fortunate to get Mike as our tour guide. It was readily apparent from his extensive knowledge and polished presentation that he...More

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Reviewed 10 May 2018

Although the Visitor Center EBR-1 was closed, it is open only from Memorial Day to Labor Day, we did stop at the nearby roadside location. There, we spent 10 minutes reading the informational signs. We learned that 50 nuclear reactors were built for the Navy...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Didn’t come for when the tours were open. But still worth a drive, has some placards about the reactor. I even learned something new-the military was attempting to create a nuclear powered airplane! Was really cool!

Thank Joe B
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

This place is simply awesome! So educational and teaches you a lot about nuclear energy and reactors. No worries, there's no radiation.

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Reviewed 23 March 2018

Visited here during the winter closure, BUT didn't matter. What a cool sight to be standing on. Only wish I had a Geiger counter with me. History, right here. Just standing there gives you goosebumps.... or is it the radiation....I'll let the pictures tell the...More

Thank kkrezz
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

After viewing the total solar eclipse, three of us, along with my friend whose father worked at this breeder reactor when it was functional, decided to visit. There were a lot of visitors that day but the place was well-staffed so all questions could be...More

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Reviewed 14 November 2017

The Ranger Station in Ketchum told us about EBR-1. It was so exciting to see how it all began. There were many engineers serving as docents while we were there, so we learning how it all worked. We were lucky enough to meet a man...More

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katy a
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Response from TumbleweedandCactus | Reviewed this property |
Yes, should be open Sunday but only open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Well worth a stop.
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