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Weapons to be Housed in MAC

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History plans to construct a Museum Artifacts Center (MAC) as an improvement and capital project. The project will house the largest existing unclassified collection of America’s nuclear defense heritage material.

Images above include some of the artifacts that will be on display:

  • BA53
  • MK-6
  • MK-15
  • MK-27
  • MK-28 IN Trainer
  • MK-36
  • MK105 "Hotpoint" cutaway
  • UUM-44A SUBROC, submarine rocket

The Museum’s collection of historical materials includes the world’s largest and most complete group of historical nuclear weapon casings and displays that are unclassified and able to be viewed by the general public. At this point in our history, and given current world tensions, there is intense interest in this material from academia and the media. This vast collection is indeed the nuclear defense heritage of our nation. This collection of more than 120 individual items, systems or deployment technology is too large for complete concurrent in-museum display, thus the need to house the remaining un-displayed collection in a manner suitable for a national, congressionally designated museum that is affiliated with Smithsonian Institution. The MAC can be a site of scheduled behind-the-scene tours, a training facility for interns and a place to prepare objects for display.

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is owned and operated by a non-profit organization. Because of this, benefactors may make contributions to further the mission of the museum as tax-deducible gifts. Click the “DONATE” button below to make a gift to the fund. Benefactors may designate a weapon or system to support in making a gift and be recognized for this. Gifts of more than $2,000 will be recognized on the dedication plate and donors will be invited to the dedication ceremony as well as have a special tour of the MAC after completion.

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