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Decision to Drop

During WWII, the entire planet was locked into a struggle between powers.  Uncover the issues in Europe as well as in Japan that lead the United States into the war following Pearl Harbor.  This exhibit will lead the visitor through the Manhattan Project, Trinity and its legacy, and finally into the Cold War.

It is said that the dawn of the Atomic Age began with the testing of the world’s first atomic bomb.  This exhibit shows visitors just how much influence over the modern world this test created.  Trinity may be miles into the desert, but the world became a different place after July 16, 1945. Imagine the pressure and sense of import felt by the Project scientists as they prepared to test the “gadget” at the secret Trinity site in New Mexico. This exhibit features a re-creation of the Trinity Tower used in the test, the McDonald-Schmitt Ranch House and two unique automobiles that played a role in the actual test.

Guests will be transported back in time to the era when it all began.  Life was different in the 1940’s and life was very strange when you lived in a secret city with a secret identity.  The Manhattan exhibit will convey how people lived and worked within the closed cities.  Visitors will start to glimpse at the work being done to create the world’s first atomic bomb.  Then visitors will see actual casings of Fat Man and Little Boy, while reading about the Decision to Drop the only two atomic bombs used during a war.

Atomic STEaM Photography Show, Open Now through December 31

The "Atomic STEaM Photography Show," a special photo art exhibit, is now on display through December 31, 2017. Individuals, both local and from all over the world, shared their photographic talent and eye for everything science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEaM), and a select number of photographs were chosen through the juried competition to be displayed at the museum.

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"Science is Everywhere" Winter Day Camps - Registration Now Open!

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host "Science is Everywhere" Winter Day Camp 2017 for children who are 6-12 years old. Experience the wonders of science in one-day sessions, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 18-22 and 27-29, 2017. Sessions include "Code of the Robot," "Holiday Exploration," "Balloon Blast!" "Eureka!" and many more!

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Einstein Gala - Saturday, March 31

The Einstein Gala is New Mexico’s biggest science party of the year! This prestigious black-tie event is the Museum’s most important fundraising event and features a cocktail reception with an amazing silent auction filled with the most unique items in Albuquerque, a delicious dinner experience among some of the most brilliant minds in science and history and thrilling entertainment featuring science experiments that will knock your socks off!

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