Albuquerque, New Mexico: National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

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Address:
601 Eubank Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM
Directions:
Southeast edge of the city. I-40 exit 165, then south about a mile on Southern Blvd SE. On the southwest corner of Eubank Blvd SE and Southern Blvd SE.
Hours:
Daily 9-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
505-245-2137
Admission:
Adults $15.
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National Museum of Nuclear Science and History.

National Museum of Nuclear Science and History
Formerly the National Atomic Museum. Full-scale replicas of famous A-bombs and the Trinity Tower. Geiger counters and flash goggles for sale in a well-stocked gift shop. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [02/06/2011]
Albuquerque, New Mexico - Atomic Name Instantly Vaporized
National Museum of Nuclear Science and History: It's official: the National Atomic Museum has moved and changed its name to the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. [04/08/2009] Complete Story...

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Critical Assembly.

National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

Suddenly it's 1945! You are there in Los Alamos, New Mexico, with Bob Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves, racing the Nazis and Commies to assemble the world's first atom bombs. Don't bring those two hemispheres of plutonium too close together, or we'll all be turned into atomic toast!

A room full of vacuum-tube technology, Geiger counters, and mysterious metal spheres is the latest permanent exhibit at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. Titled "Critical Assembly," it's an exact replica of the primitive Los Alamos lab where America's first nukes were assembled. The spheres, in fact, are the same kind of uranium and plutonium bomb cores that killed Los Alamos physicists with radiation in two separate 1940s accidents, when sloppy handling made them "go critical."

The exhibit was built over a period of six years by sculptor Jim Sanborn, who used old photographs and eyewitness accounts of the Manhattan Project laboratories as references. Sanborn assembled the vintage oscilloscopes and other lab equipment, as well as the furniture and tools. Then he fabricated and machined the bomb cores himself, and manufactured their primitive shield-the-physicist blocks of lead and wax, which were the scientists' only protection from potential spontaneous nuclear explosions.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 01/09/2018]

Critical Assembly.

National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

This place was awesome! It's hot and during thunder storms they won't let you go out to view all the cool stuff outside. Worth a trip for the history buffs. They also have an atomic cannon. [Nicole, 07/09/2013]
Atomic Museum to Slough Off Radioactive Image

When the Sandia Atomic Museum opened at Kirtland Air Force Base in 1969, it displayed the most not-secret nuclear weaponry that the Cold War would allow, including an atomic torpedo. Its gift shop once sold civil defense manuals and atom bomb earrings.

... [02/24/2008] Complete News Story

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