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Operation Preservation

Click on F-105 Thunderchief or A-7 Corsair II to learn more about our current restorations! 

“Operation Preservation: The Campaign to Restore the Planes” is your chance to play an important role in the restoration of the Museum’s iconic aircraft. Because these important artifacts “live” in Heritage Park, they are subject to the ravages of the southwestern weather – and they are showing it. Two of the five airplanes, the F-105D Thunderchief and A-7 Corsair II, are in need of paint and other attention. The Museum successfully restored its B-52B Stratofortress, the B-29 Superfortress, the F-16 Fighting Falcon and another historic artifact that is not an airplane, the USS James K. Polk SSN 645 nuclear submarine sail, in the fall of 2014.

You can play a crucial part in preserving history at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History by giving today. Your support of the restoration of some of our most important artifacts will mean that Museum can continue to display these iconic items as they should be, properly painted and cared for. Well-preserved aircraft on display would mean many more people will be able to appreciate the contributions of these important aircraft and remember the splendor of their service.

Not only must the Museum raise a lot of financial support (our goal is $500,000 in the next few years), we must also raise some human resources! Because the planes need a lot of “hands-on” attention, we are hoping to raise a contingent of volunteers who will be assigned the actual refurbishment duties. Another way volunteers can help is to take our campaign to the community. To that end, we will establish a Speaker’s Bureau. To volunteer in any capacity, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 505-245-2137, extension 122.

"Science is Everywhere" Summer Camp

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host "Science is Everywhere" Summer Camps for children who are 6 to 15 years old. These themed, week-long camps will take place May 30 - August 11, 2017, and they are designed to be both highly educational and fun for all. Sessions include "Spy Kids," "Code of the Robot," "The Great Game, Scratch," "DIY Disasters," "Movie Magic" and many more!

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Host Your Evening Event at the Museum!

Do you need a unique venue for an upcoming event?! Consider hosting your upcoming evening event at our museum that boasts the ambiance and resources of a formal venue, with the additional atmosphere of an awesome science museum!

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Movie Under the Wings - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Join us for Movie Under the Wings, an amazing outdoor event featuring the blockbuster movie, “E.T.” Saturday, June 17, under the airplanes in Heritage Park. Doors will open at 7:30 pm for this unique museum experience, and the movie will begin at dark.

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