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Operation Preservation

Click on B-47E Stratojet to learn more about our current restoration! 

“Operation Preservation: The Campaign to Restore the Planes” is your chance to play an important role in the restoration of the museum’s iconic aircraft. Because these important artifacts “live” in Heritage Park, they are subject to the ravages of the southwestern weather – and they are showing it. Currently, the B-47E Stratojet is in need of paint and other attention.

The Museum successfully restored its F-105D Thunderchief, A-7 Corsair IIB-52B Stratofortress, the B-29 Superfortress, the F-16 Fighting Falcon and another historic artifact that is not an airplane, the USS James K. Polk SSN 645 nuclear submarine sail, in the fall of 2014.

You can play a crucial part in preserving history at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History by giving today. Your support of the restoration of some of our most important artifacts will mean that museum can continue to display these iconic items as they should be, properly painted and cared for. Well-preserved aircraft on display would mean many more people will be able to appreciate the contributions of these important aircraft and remember the splendor of their service.

Not only must the museum raise a lot of financial support (our goal is $500,000 in the next few years), we must also raise some human resources! Because the planes need a lot of “hands-on” attention, we are hoping to raise a contingent of volunteers who will be assigned the actual refurbishment duties. Another way volunteers can help is to take our campaign to the community. To that end, we will establish a Speaker’s Bureau. To volunteer in any capacity, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 505-245-2137, extension 122.

580 Interviews with the men and women who worked on the Manhattan Project

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.

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Online Science Experiments, Educational Content, and Museum Tours!

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!

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Virtual Tours of the Manhattan Project Sites!

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.

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