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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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On Saturday, February 8, from 10 am to 3 pm, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will welcome families and Scouts for a day of engineering fun! Visitors will experience the finest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) while enjoying ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, dancing electricity through Tesla coils, human-powered circuits, solar cells and cars, just to name a few!

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Collaboration with the Atomic Heritage Foundation

With an agreement signed on June 24, 2019, the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History forged a new collaboration to preserve the history of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Age. This significant agreement ensures the Atomic Heritage Foundation’s extensive collection of oral histories (Voices of the Manhattan Project), interpretive vignettes (Ranger in Your Pocket), and articles about the Manhattan Project and its legacy will remain available to the public for the foreseeable future.

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Presidents Day Camp - February 17

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is pleased to offer single-day themed camps for Winter Break, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day and Spring Break school holidays. President's Day camp is geared to campers in grades 1-3 and grades 4-7, and for approximately 20 campers in each camp.

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