During WWII, the entire planet was locked into a struggle between powers. Uncover the issues in Europe as well as in Japan that lead the United States into the war following Pearl Harbor. This exhibit will lead the visitor through the Manhattan Project, Trinity and its legacy, and finally into the Cold War.
It is said that the dawn of the Atomic Age began with the testing of the world’s first atomic bomb. This exhibit shows visitors just how much influence over the modern world this test created. Trinity may be miles into the desert, but the world became a different place after July 16, 1945. Imagine the pressure and sense of import felt by the Project scientists as they prepared to test the “gadget” at the secret Trinity site in New Mexico. This exhibit features a re-creation of the Trinity Tower used in the test, the McDonald-Schmitt Ranch House and two unique automobiles that played a role in the actual test.
Guests will be transported back in time to the era when it all began. Life was different in the 1940’s and life was very strange when you lived in a secret city with a secret identity. The Manhattan exhibit will convey how people lived and worked within the closed cities. Visitors will start to glimpse at the work being done to create the world’s first atomic bomb. Then visitors will see actual casings of Fat Man and Little Boy, while reading about the Decision to Drop the only two atomic bombs used during a war.
In a time where home-based education is taking place all over the nation, we invite you to visit our website, Voices of the Manhattan Project. This amazing collection of oral histories contains 580 audio/visual interviews with individuals who worked on the Manhattan Project. Interviews include General Leslie R. Groves, General Paul Tibbets (pilot of the Enola Gay), and a transcript of an interview with J. Robert Oppenheimer.Learn More
Visit the Nuclear Museum's YouTube channel for science experiments you can do at home, quick tours of our museum exhibits, and more! Even though we are all at home, we can still have great fun with science!Learn More
Welcome to "Ranger in Your Pocket," with virtual tours of Manhattan Project sites! Each tour features audio/visual vignettes drawn from interviews with Manhattan Project veterans and their families. Take a self-guided tour of Hanford's B Reactor or Bathtub Row at Los Alamos, all from the comfort of your home.Learn More