The Nuclear Museum will Re-open to the Public on Wednesday, December 2nd.

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. For more information, please click here.



The Manhattan Engineering District Virtual Event: December 17

Join the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History on Thursday, December 17, at 6 pm MT, for a virtual event as we welcome Dr. Timothy Koeth and Dr. Miriam Hiebert of the University of Maryland to explore the structure of the Manhattan Engineering District and the roles of some of these smaller offices in the Manhattan Project and in the fate of the uranium cubes.

Most often, when discussing the Manhattan Project, the narrative is focused on the work done at the three major sites: Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, and Hanford. However, none of the feats accomplished at these locations would have been possible without the support of numerous smaller offices operating around the country and the globe.

Admission for this special, virtual event is $10 per household, and advance registration is required. Registration will end on December 17th at 5 pm MST.

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Dr. Timothy Koeth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland with appointments in the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP) and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST). His research focuses on materials in extreme environments, including materials for nuclear environments such as fission and fusion reactors and high energy particle accelerators. He is the former Director of the University of Maryland’s Nuclear Reactor and Radiation Facilities. Koeth earned his PhD from Rutgers University performing his thesis work at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in 2009. Collecting and curating atomic-era artifacts has been a lifelong passion for Koeth that started at age 10. Today his office, as well as adjoining offices, are lined with relics covering our entire atomic epoch.

Dr. Miriam Hiebert is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Maryland working with Dr. Timothy Koeth on tracing the history of uranium cubes taken from Nazi Germany at the conclusion of WWII. She received her BS in Chemistry from the University of Richmond in 2014 and her PhD from the University of Maryland in Materials Science and Engineering in August, 2019. Her thesis research focused on the analysis and preservation of cultural heritage materials, particularly glass, in museum collections. She conducted her research at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute where she served as a Graduate Fellow, and where she now works as a Post-Doctoral Fellow, studying glass plates used in early photography. Her overarching research interests are focused on the intersection of science and history and how each can be used to inform research questions presented by the other.