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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History was established in 1969 as an intriguing place to learn the story of the Atomic Age, from early research of nuclear development through today’s peaceful uses of nuclear technology. Visitors can explore how nuclear science continues to influence our world. The museum strives to present, through permanent and changing exhibits and displays, the diverse applications of nuclear energy in the past, present and future along with the stories of the field’s pioneers.

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is a Smithsonian Affiliate and is accredited through the American Alliance of Museums

Brief History

The creation of the Museum in 1969 was the result of a six-year effort to establish a museum to tell the story of the base and the development of nuclear weapons. The Museum was located on Kirtland Air Force Base. In 1973, the museum name was changed to National Atomic Museum to reflect the growing national and international audience and the fact that it was the only public museum that preserved the history of the nuclear industry. The Museum closed its doors at the Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico on September 11, 2001, due to heightened security measures at the Base. The National Atomic Museum was in its rented Old Town location from May 11, 2002 to February 7, 2009; the Museum re-opened in its current location in southeast Albuquerque in April 2009, when it was renamed The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

Mission

The Museum’s mission is “to serve as America’s resource for nuclear history and science. The Museum presents exhibits and quality educational programs that convey the diversity of individuals and events that shape the historical and technical context of the nuclear age.”

Einstein Gala

Join us at the 19th Annual Einstein Gala on Saturday, March 19, 2016! Experience dinner among some of the most brilliant minds in science at New Mexico's biggest science party of the year!

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Art of the Reactor Special Exhibition

A special exhibit for the whole family that invites visitors of all ages to become visually engulfed in the brilliantly engineered renderings of nuclear reactors while uncovering their inner-artist by designing and creating one-of-a-kind artwork. January 20 through April 24, 2016.

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Spring Day Camp

Enroll your young scientist to experience the wonders of science in exciting, one-day camps this Spring Break, March 28-April 1, 2016. Sessions include topics such as "Cartoon Physics," "Spark Lab," "Balloon Blow Out" and more!

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Membership Camp