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Exhibits

The exhibits at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History provide an objective, accessible window into the past, present, and future of nuclear science. They cover everything from the very origins of atomic theory, the complexity of the political scenarios contributing to World War II, the height of the Cold War, to modern-day advances in nuclear medicine – and even begin to speculate about the future of this fascinating and exciting field. The Museum gives its visitors a memorable and vivid understanding of nuclear science and history.

Whether the exhibition is permanent or temporary, there is always something to see and learn at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History!

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Private Charles J. Miller: WWII Paintings from the South Pacific
Private Charles J. Miller: WWII Paintings from the South Pacific

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host Private Charles J. Miller: WWII Paintings from the South Pacific, a special exhibit organized by the Wright Museum of World War II, from July 1 through October 30, 2022. Charles J. Miller, a self-taught draftsman and painter, was a WWII soldier who created paintings of the South Pacific that depicted everyday experiences of servicemen who fought in that WWII theater.

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Two Minutes to Midnight and the Architecture of Armageddon - Opening November 12th
Two Minutes to Midnight and the Architecture of Armageddon - Opening November 12th

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History announces the opening of the special traveling exhibition “Two Minutes to Midnight and the Architecture of Armageddon” on Saturday, November 12, 2022. Through this photo exhibition, visitors are offered a calculated look at architectural spaces, devoid of people, that provide present nuclear realities as well as a look into the collective psyche of the American people during the Cold War.

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Nuclear by Mail
Nuclear by Mail

Nuclear by Mail chronicles the development of nuclear science and technologies in the 20th century as told through the mail. This exhibit, opening on August 7th, 2021, will showcase the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History’s collection of mail-related artifacts including stamps, envelopes, postcards, and photographs.

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Dark Cube: Heisenberg’s Race for the Bomb
Dark Cube: Heisenberg’s Race for the Bomb

The "Dark Cube: Heisenberg's Race for the Bomb" exhibition focuses on a dense, two-inch charcoal-black cube made of pure uranium metal that Nazi scientists suspended with 663 other similar cubes during World War II in an effort to create the world’s first atomic bomb.

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Heritage Park - Nine-Acre Outdoor Exhibit Area
Heritage Park - Nine-Acre Outdoor Exhibit Area

Complete with planes, rockets, missiles, cannons and nuclear sub sail, this exhibit will attract plane buffs and historians alike.

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Critical Assembly, the Secrets of Los Alamos 1944: An Installation by Jim Sanborn
Critical Assembly, the Secrets of Los Alamos 1944: An Installation by Jim Sanborn

A special exhibition where visitors will step back in time to a pivotal point in history, and experience pure science through pure art. Explore and study the recreations of the super secrets from the Manhattan Project's atomic bomb in this mesmerizing exhibit.

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Pioneers of the Atom
Pioneers of the Atom

Visitors will step back in time to meet the individuals who influenced the nuclear world.

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Decision to Drop
Decision to Drop

It is said that the dawn of the Atomic Age began with the testing of the world’s first atomic bomb. This exhibit will show visitors just how much influence over the modern world this test created.

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Little Albert’s Lab
Little Albert’s Lab

The future belongs to the children of today. Little Albert’s Lab will help children of all ages grasp the concepts of physics, the basis of all sciences.

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Atomic Culture/ Pop Culture
Atomic Culture/ Pop Culture

Every visitor will be entertained while viewing the cultural items surrounding the dawning of the Atomic Age!

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Cold War
Cold War

In this exhibit, visitors will learn how close we came to another war before the end of the Cold War.

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Hiroshima and Nagasaki

While the atomic bomb brought the war to a close, the after-effects of the bomb were felt for years in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Radiation 101
Radiation 101

Get the basic facts about radiation in this exhibit.

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Uranium; Enriching Your Future
Uranium; Enriching Your Future

The exhibit features interactive exhibits helping the visitor discover the place nuclear power has in our energy hungry world.

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Think Thorium: The Future of Nuclear Energy - Opening October 14
Think Thorium: The Future of Nuclear Energy - Opening October 14

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will showcase a new permanent exhibit called Think Thorium: The Future of Nuclear Energy, opening to the public on Friday, October 14, 2022. Sponsored by the Thorium Energy Alliance, the exhibit looks at the past, present and future of using Thorium as fuel in a nuclear reactor and the development of a reactor technology significantly different from that used today.

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Energy Encounter
Energy Encounter

Examine the options of green energy alternatives like solar and wind power along with the place nuclear power has in the world today.

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Nuclear Waste Transportation
Nuclear Waste Transportation

This exhibit features how radioactive waste is managed in a safe way.

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Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine

See the history of nuclear medicine and how it contributed to the advancement of medical technology.

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What’s Up With U
What’s Up With U

"What's Up With U(ranium)" is now on permanent display at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, engaging visitors of all ages while answering questions such as where does uranium come from, how does it move through the environment, how does it affect us and is it radioactive.

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Virtual Exhibit: Atomic Advertising
Virtual Exhibit: Atomic Advertising

This exhibition, compiled from the collections of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, aims to exemplify the ever-changing public attitudes towards atomic thought over the course of the 20th Century and first decade of the 21st Century through the reflective lens of advertising and packaging.

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Virtual Exhibit: Nuclear Energy
Virtual Exhibit: Nuclear Energy

This virtual exhibit, created by Daniel Ross, explores the differences between nuclear fission and fusion reactions. These types of reactions used to generate nuclear power may provide solutions to the mounting climate crisis in the future, but they also have a historical context. This exhibit explains these processes and connects them to some of the historical artifacts in the museum's collection.

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Virtual Recent Acquisitions
Virtual Recent Acquisitions

At the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, we are continually grateful for the support our patrons, members, and contributors give us, as well as the actual objects which are donated or acquired by the museum into its permanent collection of artifacts. Click here to see some of the most exciting objects the Curatorial Department added to our catalogue in the past month.

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