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“Overwhelming museum”

Bradbury Science Museum
Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Los Alamos
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Approximately 60 interactive exhibits trace the history of the WWII Manhattan Project, highlight Los Alamos National Laboratory's current and historic research projects related to defense and technology, and focus on Laboratory research related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health and global security concerns. These exhibits together with extensive educational and community programs draw nearly 80,000 visitors a year. Admission is FREE and open to the public. We are open every day except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday & Monday: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This museum covers the history of the Los Alamos National Laboratories from Atomic Bomb development through today's activities and into the future. 3 large rooms covering defense, research, and history along with a theater that shows today's work and an auditorium that shows a video of the lab's beginnings. A complex place that can be accessible to the uninitiated and overwhelming to those with advanced degrees at the same time. The only thing missing was Dr Sheldon Cooper.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank StevenP3559
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Great mix of science and history.

Museum is very well done (and free), but you need to figure out what you want to focus on because you can get burnt out if you try to read and watch everything. The unique portion is the room about the Manhattan Project.

Most kids today won't really have the context for the development of the atomic bomb and its use, so it is worth just a little bit of review before you get there.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Runningonadream
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

This museum is free which is always good! We watched the 2 fils about the history of Los Alamos. Much of what is here was way over my head for science but I do recommend the movies.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank marciagabby
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

A real learning experience for us. A great place to bring family as it has a lot geared to all ages. Worth the trip!!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank hortenseNewHarbor
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

The museum and exhibits are outstanding and reflect not only the nuclear weapons history, but also other bleeding edge advancements. 15 min movie could not tell the complete story - wish there were more on what led up to the inventions that made the bomb possible.

Great history on the lifestyle of families at Los Alamos.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Nucleartax
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