The Nuclear Museum is Open to the Public

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is open to the public. For more information about the museum's re-opening to the public, please click here.


A Message from the Museum

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will re-open to the public on Wednesday, December 2nd, allowing up to 75 guests at one time.

At the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, all our guests and members of our community are extremely important to us. We are committed to providing our visitors with safe and enjoyable visits. There will not be timed ticketing at this time, as we can operate at 25% capacity. Please feel free to purchase your tickets in advance or purchase them when you arrive to the museum.

Similar to our first temporary closure, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History's team worked diligently during this time, looking forward to re-opening. Our staff, volunteers, and visitors are what make the museum the extraordinary place it is, and their well-being has been the central focus of that planning from the very beginning. We continue to look toward the future by implementing policies that focus on the safety and well-being of our museum team and guests, and we look forward to serving our community again.

Our museum care programs, including Extended Care and our "Science is Everywhere" Camps led by our education department, are considered essential. Because of this, we will continue to offer our Extended Care programs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as our science camps offered during the APS break schedules. If you have questions regarding our care programs, please contact

Support the Museum

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is an educational institution that is a non-profit organization that receives no city or state funding. We are here because of our visitors, and your support helps us remain America’s resource for nuclear science and history.

To help ensure the stability of our organization and its employees during this difficult time, we would like to ask for your support by making a donation or purchasing a membership to the museum.

We are grateful for your support in helping us remain relevant to our community, and we look forward to see you all again when we re-open.

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Your Safety is our Goal. (Precautions that will take place when the museum re-opens to the public.)

  • With safety in mind, all museum visitors, staff, and volunteers will be required to wear face masks, and museum store staff will wear disposable gloves when interacting with our public.
  • To allow for proper social distancing, we will be operating at a limited capacity, allowing 75 guests in at one time, and staff will be monitoring the number of visitors in and out of our museum.
  • Dedicated, separate entrances and exits will be clearly marked for each purpose.
  • Plexiglass barriers have been introduced to the museum's facility to continue protecting visitors and staff during interactions, and floor decals placed 6-feet apart will be visible within the museum to help with social distancing.
  • To protect our guests, our interactive exhibition, Little Al's Lab, will be temporarily closed. In the event this exhibition opens as restrictions lift in the state of New Mexico, increased frequency and cleaning measures will be implemented on all high-contact areas and objects within the exhibition.
  • In addition to the closure of the above exhibition, touchscreen displays throughout the museum will not be operational until further notice.
  • There will be an increase in the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting across the entire building, including the museum store and exhibitions.
  • All staff members will be required to attend mandatory training sessions to understand and implement these modified procedures and sanitation practices to ensure the health of both staff members and visitors.
  • For your convenience, sanitizer stations throughout the museum will remain full for customer, employee, and volunteer use.
  • Museum guests are encouraged to utilize remote ticketing options (when the museum re-opens) to manage the museum’s capacity and limit contact upon arrival.

What we are asking visitors to do. (Precautions that will take place when the museum re-opens to the public.)

  • As safety is of utmost importance, we ask all visitors over the age of two-years-old to wear face masks covering their nose and mouths when entering the museum and while exploring the exhibitions inside the museum.
  • We are truly excited to welcome everyone back into our museum, as conversations with our guests are some of our favorite things! We look forward to learning more about our visitors, and we will safely hold any conversations between museum team members and visitors with 6-feet for social distancing while wearing face masks.
  • Due to COVID-19, all group tours are temporarily paused until state restrictions lift on the number of people who may gather at one time. We will let you know when this changes.
  • Any facility rental, event, or program must abide by the state’s limitation of the number of people who may gather at one time.
  • We do ask that any museum guest stays home if you are sick, feel unwell, or have any cold symptoms.
  • In order to best protect the safety of everyone visiting the museum, we encourage groups of five or fewer while exploring the museum. Groups that arrive together in the same vehicle and/or of the same household group may gather together at the site.
  • It is imperative that we consider the well-being of every individual in our museum. Because of this, visitors who do not follow the requirements for social distancing as per the guidelines listed above may be refused service.
  • In this amazing museum, there are so many opportunities to spread out and explore quieter exhibition spaces you’ve never experienced before for the safest and most comfortable experiences!

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