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17th Annual Einstein Society Gala

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Honored to have Received Highest National Recognition

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History has achieved accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum. Read More »

New Exhibit Rolling into the Museum this February

Come and enjoy the special exhibit Roll, Drop, Bounce; an active learning laboratory that provides ball-tossing, wheel-spinning fun for all ages! Read More »

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Museum Classroom Programs & Tours

Museum Classroom Programs & Tours

Museum Classroom Programs & Tours

The Museum offers hands-on programs and activities that can be customized to grade level and curriculum. All programs align with the New Mexico Education Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards and are dedicated to the topics of energy, forces, nuclear radiation and the history of nuclear science. Programs at the Museum may be enhanced with self-guided or docent-guided tours.


Self-guided Tours: $5.00 per student, 15 student minimum per group
Free admission for all chaperones; ratio of 6 students per chaperone required

Docent-guided Tours or Classroom Program: $6.00 per student, 
Free admission for all chaperones; ratio of 10 students per chaperone required

Docent-guided Tours and Classroom Program: $7.00 per student, 
Free admission for all chaperones; ratio of 10 students per chaperone required


Taste of Science (Grades Pre K-5)

Participate in demonstrations of atmospheric pressure, forces, electricity, magnetism, radiation, and phases of matter.
Students will sample different scientific instruments, which may include a vacuum pump, a Van de Graff generator,
Geiger counters, and others.

Encounter Energy! (Grades K-5)

What is energy? Examine the sources and uses of energy including heat, light, wind, and electricity. Learn how energy
reacts with matter and how it changes from one form to another. Build and test electric circuits and more!

Nano Matters! (Grades K-5, 6-8)

Nano science: small science = big deal! Matter consists of solids, liquids, and gases; compare and learn more about the
properties of matter and nanoscale science. See how matter behaves differently when it’s really small.

Get a Half Life (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Use the Museum Geiger counters to measure the radioactivity of common household substances and radioactive
isotopes. Replicate half-life experiments used to date fossils, learn how nuclear images are created, and measure your
own natural radiation dose during a year.

History and Politics (Grades 7-12)

Secrets and Spies: Decipher a secret code while you learn the story of the Russian spies who stole secrets from Los
Alamos in the 1940’s. Use primary source materials and view the Museum exhibits showing the role of secrecy,
espionage, and science in World War II history.

Decision to Drop: Weigh the pros and cons of dropping Fat Man and Little Boy over Japan through the use of primary
sources and the viewpoints of historical figures. Students will engage in role-playing activities designed to stimulate
critical thinking skills.

60 Minutes to Doomsday: Tick tock, tick tock. The closer the clock gets to midnight, the closer the world gets to nuclear disaster. Students will become immersed in role playing as they use “intelligence” to stop the clock and prevent the next World War.

Explore these Programs Associated with Special Exhibitions

Dynamics of Flight - Available Fall of 2013 (Grades K-8): Learn about and test the amazing forces that make flight possible.
Students will explore the Museum’s temporary exhibit “Dynamics of Flight,” build and test paper airplanes.

Roll, Drop, Bounce - Available Spring 2014 (Grades K-5): We all know gravity pulls things down, but what other forces
act on objects around us? What makes things move or stop? Students will learn about Newton’s Laws and
the physics of motion through hand on experimentation.

Museum Tours

Bring your students to the Museum and allow them to discover each exhibit through a docent-guided formal tour, or accompany your students on a self-guided tour. Another possibility is to send your students to the Museum for a "Scavenger Hunt" we provide to help guide them.
The Museum exhibits include interests in three areas: Science, History and Technology:


Little Albert’s Lab
The future belongs to the children of today.  In Little Albert’s Lab children of all ages can play and learn the concepts of physics, considered by many to be the basis of all sciences.

Periodic Hall
Marvel at the granite Periodic Table of the Elements in the floor of the foyer.  Check your memory of symbols and atomic weights.
Pioneers of the Atom
Step back in time to meet the individuals who questioned and defined the matter which makes up the universe. Use the interactive kiosk to trace the study of the atom from the early Greeks through Dalton and Rutherford to the world of Albert Einstein and E=mc2.

Radiation 101
View sources of radiation including many household items that are naturally radioactive. Use the interactive kiosk to estimate your personal radiation dose and compare the alpha, beta, and gamma radiation detected by an operating Geiger Counter.  Explore a variety of radiation detectors, the precursors to modern dosimeters used by nuclear scientists today.

X is for X-Ray / Nuclear Medicine
Trace the development of early X-rays through modern imaging techniques.  Learn how X-rays differ from the images created using radioactive isotopes to view internal organs like your heart or lungs.


Decision to Drop / Manhattan Project
The dawn of the Atomic Age began with the design and testing of the world’s first atomic bomb during the Manhattan Project. Peek into the daily lives of the scientists who lived at Los Alamos and journey with them to the Trinity site where the first explosion occurred in 1945. 

Cold War
In this exhibit, visitors will explore the continuing political conflict existing after WWII. See an extensive collection of military weapons developed in the era.

Atomic Pop Culture
Every visitor will be entertained while viewing how American popular culture reflected the dawning of the Atomic Age!

Civil Defense Fallout Shelter
Watch a live television broadcast in a fallout shelter re-created for this exhibit.  Check your emergency supply list with the items Americans collected to equip a family fallout shelter in the 1950s. 

Heritage Park
Complete with planes, rockets, missiles, cannons and nuclear submarine sail, this exhibit will attract plane buffs and historians alike.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki
While the atomic bomb brought the war to a close, the after-effects of the bomb were felt for years in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Energy Encounters
Decide for yourself whether our energy hungry world can continue to survive on fossil fuels.  Examine the options of green energy alternatives like solar and wind power along with the place nuclear power has in the world today.  Explore the functions of a nuclear power plant, the use of nuclear power in a merchant marine ship, and the safety precautions we take to prevent nuclear accidents in the United States.  Interactive programs are available throughout.

The Uranium Cycle
The uranium ore cart in this exhibit is just the beginning of the fuel cycle for uranium.  Learn about the steps in the process required to change uranium into a useable form for nuclear power plants or weapons.  End the cycle with options for the disposal and recycling of uranium fuel.

For Teachers

For Teachers

Choose from museum classroom programs, tours, outreach at your site or professional development.

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Kids Camp

Kids Camp

Kids have so many questions about the world – down to even the smallest parts. We’re here to answer them with fun, creative activities that will also nourish their imaginations and - who knows – maybe even foster a career in science or medicine. The Museum offers a mulititude of possibilities each winter, spring and summer to enrich your child's life. Visit our camp pages and learn more about what your child can learn when "Science is Everywhere."

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