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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 science 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.


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.”

Take a Trip to Mars! October 29 & 30

Come and visit Mars with us in Lockheed Martin's Generation Beyond: Mars Experience Bus, a virtual reality experience that provides the opportunity to “travel” to Mars, taking visitors on a tour along the surface of the Red Planet on Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30, from 9 am to 5 pm each day.

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Veterans Day Camp, November 11

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host a very special one-day "Science is Everywhere" Day Camp on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, from 9 am to 4 pm. Students, ages 6-12, can enjoy their one-day break from school by experiencing "Superhero Training Camp."

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STEaM Photography Competition

We will host a photo art exhibit that invited members of the community to share their photographic talent and eye for everything that is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEaM). Notification of juror’s selected photographs for exhibition will be sent out by October 7, 2016.

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Membership Camp