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Decision to Drop

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.

Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Day - May 11

Celebrate the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages and unique experiences represented among ethnic groups from Asia and the Pacific on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Lion dancers, Taiko drumming, calligraphy and origami demonstrations and many more exciting activities will fill this special day from 10 am to 3 pm.

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"Science is Everywhere" Summer Camp - May 28 through August 9

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is pleased to offer week-long, themed camp for summer 2019. These camps are geared to campers Pre-K and Kindergarten through 7th grades. Sessions include "Foodie Science", "STEMinists: Geosciences Edition", Got Game?", "Movie Magic" and many more!

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Movie Under the Wings - June 22

Join the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History for Movie Under the Wings, an amazing outdoor event featuring the iconic movie, “October Sky.” Saturday, June 22, under the airplanes in Heritage Park. Doors will open at 7:30 pm for this unique museum experience, and the movie will begin at dark.

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