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“Abandoned in Place” A Temporary Exhibit Coming Soon

October 23, 2012

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will be exhibiting photos by Roland Miller in a collection called “Abandoned in Place.” The exhibition, which opens on November 10, 2012, records a vanishing era in both the space race and the cold war. The facilities photographed portray some of the most historic and technical adventures of the last century--from our first unmanned flights beyond the atmosphere to landing men on the moon.

“Abandoned in Place” is an exploration of the American space-launch and research facilities at Langley Research Center, the Johnson Space Center, and Vandenberg Air Force Base (among others), where much of the infrastructure remains in ruins. The exhibition will be on display through January 6, 2013.

According to the photographer, “The temporal nature of life is evident in views of decaying sites which once captured the attention of the entire world.”

“The blockhouses, launch towers, tunnels, test stands, and control rooms featured are giving way rapidly to the elements and renovation. They are too expensive to restore or even maintain. They can't be moved. Even if they could be moved, there is no museum facility large enough to contain them. Security and safety restrictions prevent the general public from accessing these dilapidated steel and concrete sites where some of the most important and dramatic events of the 20th Century unfolded.”

There is no additional cost to view the exhibit, beyond the usual admission rates of $8 for adults and $7 for youth and seniors.

Nuclear After Dark - October 5

Join the museum for Nuclear After Dark on Friday, October 5, doors open at 5:30 pm! Experience the Nuclear Museum after-hours, enjoy local food trucks and brewery, be entertained with live music and watch an outdoor showing of “Modern Marvels, The Manhattan Project” in the museum’s nine-acre outdoor exhibit area, Heritage Park. Event is $15 per person and $10 for museum members.

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Murder Mystery at the Museum - October 12

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is partnering with The Dinner Detective to host Murder Mystery at the Museum on Friday, October 12, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Guests will become super sleuths as they enjoy a delicious catered dinner while figuring out "who done it" after hours at the museum. Advance online registration is required and tickets are $70 per person or $50 for museum members

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Nuclear Science Week - October 15-19

Nuclear Science Week (NSW) is an international, broadly observed week-long celebration to focus local, regional, national and international interest on all aspects of nuclear science. The NSW Big Event will be taking place here in Albuquerque, October 15-19, and many of the events are open to the public! Join us for this exceptional event!

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