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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
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A lovely garden of nuclear bombers

I'll admit to being a milair fan, so any place that has a garden of military aircraft has my... read more

Reviewed today
PhineusFlog
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Massachusetts
Just the right size collection of unique material

The museum is fairly small but makes up for that with the quality of its items. It has instruments... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
alchemista
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Larkspur, Colorado
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Reviewed today

I'll admit to being a milair fan, so any place that has a garden of military aircraft has my attention. Inside is very thorough and if you want a lot of information, allot a lot of time. Amazing to see original equipment from all the test sites and laboratories.

As of my visit, the garden is still under construction. There's a B-52 as well as a MiG-15, F-16, the con tower from a submarine, and other aircraft and missiles, some in a state of disassembly.

Very well worth anyone's time.

Thank PhineusFlog
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Reviewed yesterday

Some portions presented in great details but perhaps not others.

I didn't think it was possible to summarize all the scientific achievements leading up to the discovery of nuclear energy on a single wall poster, well, it's here near the entry pay point Madame Curie, winner of 2 (not 1) Noble Prizes, received 2 sentences for her description. Eistein didn't fare much better in his description. The timeline from the mid 1930s received more detailed explanations, including the world events leading up to WWII. From there the displays are informative, including an actual mock-up of one of the test labs from Los Alamo. Actual equipment or replicas are present including vehicles, and bombs. Numerous examples of the weapons created are on display including many rockets, and replicas of Fat Man and Little Boy, the 2 bombs dropped on Japan. The section covering the cold war had some interesting items including movie posters with nuclear energy or alien themes. Dr. Strangelove was not one of them.

The section covering current energy is clearly skewed toward a positive depliction of nuclear energy. All the good, yet little on how to handle the waste material, and brief mentions of Chernobyl and Fukushima, which could have warranted their own detailed section. The panel on Solar Energy was a dismissive 3 feet across by 5 feet high.

The actual fighter planes and bombers out back were cool. Even though there were great historical details on portions of these landmark events, many aspects were skimmed over, and there was simply a lopsided presentation on nuclear energy. Great parking lot.

Thank P_Jones32655
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is fairly small but makes up for that with the quality of its items. It has instruments from Fermi's lab, and a part of the tower from the Trinity test for example. The collection of nuclear weapons was also well done, including massive rockets on the outside portion.

Priced about right, plenty of parking, and good views. There is a small hands on section for kids but in general kids would probably get bored easily inside. Outside they could run around the large planes and missiles.

I know a lot about nuclear tech, but this still had a lot of interesting pieces in the collection!

Thank alchemista
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If this is something you think may interest you, then this is a must stop. There is a lot of knowledge and history in this museum. Not only the displays inside but all the delivery vehicles that are on static display outside.

Thank Mattl01
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Third time to visit this museum and it never gets old. Several reconstructions of bombs and other items of war carrying nuclear components. Historical stories about the politics of nuclear use, both positive and "other".

Thank Cal N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

History of the atomic bomb. Fascinating. How was this ever kept a secret? Would never happen today for sure. Aircraft display was a real surprise.

Thank nosliwj
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum shows you all aspects related to the nuclear science and all the developments in this area back in time. Outside are airplanes including the plane which dropped the bomb on Nagasaki.

Thank otten4
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic museum with tons of history and artifacts. Truly amazing! Some of those facts though can scare the pants off you or at least they should. There is a quiz at the end so pay close attention...
JEK

Thank jilleknight
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Atomic Museum as I call it for short is surprisingly interesting. It goes into depth on the discovery and uses of radiation besides warfare. Obviously, a good chunk of the museum is dedicated to the development of the original A-bombs and their use. It gives you a good appreciation of the sacrifices made by the US during WWII to develop it. There are lots of bomb casings and missiles inside as well as ICBMs, bombers, and fighter jets outside. The gift shop is a haven for nerdy kids and adults with all sorts of STEM toys, models, books, puzzles, games, posters, and clothing. All in all, a worthwhile stop, especially during the Balloon Fiesta if the balloons aren't flying.

Thank Mighty_Road_Warrior
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of new exhibits since the last time I was there. Learned things about nuke power, nuke weps, and the history of radiation. Did you know that the old, red Fiestaware is radioactive? I learned that there!

Thank Elaine S
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