The 75th anniversary of the Allied victory in World War II will be commemorated around the world in 2020. The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will be part of this anniversary in a variety of ways throughout 2020 by hosting very special exhibitions and events that enhance awareness of this critical time in American history.
The first of these special programs will be “The Dark Cube: Heisenberg’s Race for the Bomb.” This special exhibition will open at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History on March 14, 2020. This exhibit delves into Nazi Germany's efforts to create a nuclear weapon during WWII. In this worldwide race for the bomb, the Germans devised a chandelier of 664 uranium cubes, one of which is seen in this exhibit, in hopes of creating the world's first atomic bomb; in Germany. Here, visitors will learn about their trials and tribulations that lead to the American secret Manhattan Project. This exhibit is included with admission into the museum.
In addition to this special exhibition, a special event will also be held on Saturday, March 14, where two experts from the University of Maryland will speak on the significance of this unique and historic object. Dr. Koeth, Assistant Professor of Material Science and Engineering with an appointment in the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics at the University of Maryland, and Dr. Miriam Elizabeth Hiebert, Department of Material Science and Engineering with the University of Maryland, will speak about how close Heisenberg’s team came to achieving a chain reaction. A focus will also center on what America’s role was in unveiling Nazi Germany’s mission to create the atomic bomb, why Germany failed in its efforts and what eventually happened to the German uranium cubes. This event is included with museum admission, and two talks will take place at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm.
The next special exhibition will be “FDR: His Vision, Our Freedoms Still Alive,” and this will be on display May 23 through October 18, 2020. This temporary exhibit highlight’s FDR’s enduring achievements, using historic photographs, documents, cartoons, and posters from the rich collections of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. This exhibit is included with admission into the museum.
A national event will take place, hosted by the museum, on September 18 and 19, 2020. This event, “They Changed Our World; The 75th Anniversary of World War II and the use of Atomic Weapons Symposium” is open to the public with early registration, to provide an understanding of the Manhattan Project and its implications on the Pacific conflict and following Cold War issues. This panel of distinguished guests will consider current and future concerns and create a public dialogue regarding a path forward for our world and defense concerns. Event locations and admission fees will be posted on nuclearmuseum.org.
The final special exhibition will be “Infamy: December 7, 1941,” that will be on display November 7 through December 31, 2020. Through iconic photographs, this temporary exhibition illustrates the attack on Pear Harbor and examines the moments that led the United States into World War II. It was a day of tragedy, sacrifice and heroism that united a nation; it was a day that lives in Infamy. This exhibit is included in the price of admission to the Museum.
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