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

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Must Stop!!

We stopped randomly to stretch our legs. It was amazing if you enjoy history. We took a self-guided... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2018
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A decent 1hr tour

Not a huge site but some very interesting facts n suprising how little was known about... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2018
Mike W
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

We stopped randomly to stretch our legs. It was amazing if you enjoy history. We took a self-guided free tour. You get to see the entire reactor facility and it had kid-friendly activities too. It had a slightly strange vibe but I think it’s because...More

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Reviewed 10 August 2018

Not a huge site but some very interesting facts n suprising how little was known about radioactivety when this place was built. Can have guided tour or walkaround yourself.

Thank Mike W
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Experimental Breeder Reactor I (EBR-I) is a decommissioned research reactor and U.S. National Historic Landmark located in the desert about 18 miles (29 km) southeast of Arco, Idaho. It was the world's first breeder reactor.At 1:50 p.m. on December 20, 1951, it became one of the world's first electricity-generating nuclear power plants when it produced sufficient...More

Thank Bugqueen
Reviewed 30 July 2018

This unassuming looking place is the US birthplace of atomic energy generation. Much of the original plant remains. Great tour by very savvy guide -- scientific details (in such a way the enon-scientists in the group could keep up) and historical context provided. A must...More

Thank Betty B
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Don’t miss this site if you’re driving through the area. It is a fantastic time capsule that shows you how “what if” can become a reality. In the early 50s a handful of people built a nuclear energy apparatus from scratch and proved that a...More

Thank Robin W
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

I love old tech. Amazing that with no computers and analog everything we managed to build this thing. No lives lost or damaged. The tour is free and the young lady explained it all very well. My teen girls enjoyed it! If they had a...More

Thank chargerpow
Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

We literally stumbled on this place on our recent family vacation, but this ended up being a highlight for our time in Idaho for our 11 year old son. The museum is hands on and the individuals working at the museum were very knowledgeable. We...More

Thank Michelle G
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

Glad we stopped to see this museum! It has a lot of great history for you to walk through. No fee to go through...

Thank Arkansastraveler74
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

My wife and visited today. I went to the Navy Nuclear Power Training in this area over 46 years ago. Dena vu time. Interesting to see all of this technology. Free tour.

Thank TxWaccamaw
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

I got a big kick out of this. Also got a kick out of the laissez-faire attitude of early nuclear energy experimentation. Okay, now seriously, please, please, please someone teach the tour guides how to say nuclear (“new clee rrr”) (or “new clear” if you...More

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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.