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National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Albuquerque

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Learn about the scientific advance that shaped the modern world, and see related historical artifacts at National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Through the museum's exhibits, you'll easily see how nuclear science influences all aspects of life, from medicine, warfare, and energy production to pop culture. Find out about the use and disposal of radioactive material and the impact it has on the environment. A robotic puppet of Albert Einstein helps kids understand the basics of physics through amusing experiments. In addition to nuclear science-oriented medical and scientific instruments, displays feature nuclear weapons, including replicas of the Little Boy and Fat Man bombs. The museum's collection of aircraft is one of the largest in the state. Make National Museum of Nuclear Science & History part of your personalized Albuquerque itinerary using our Albuquerque itinerary builder.
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  • The history of NM's role in the Atomic Age is profound. The boys loved the missiles, rockets, bombs and radioactive info. 
  • It's been awhile since I've been and it's off base now. It is extremely informative as well as entertaining. Good information and exhibits for all ages. Aircraft out back to look at including B52 and ...  more »
  • Very interesting museum mainly about the use of nuclear materials in bombs but does cover the peacetime uses too. Good history lessons and some really cool planes & missiles. Volunteers were well info...  more »
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  • Very well laid out. Staff are friendly and passionate about the museum's mission. Fascinating exhibits that speak to all ages. A wonderful historical learning experience. The gift shop has many quite unique items. The static aircraft displays are terrific. Don't miss this!
  • Well thought out layout. Definitely go out back and see the planes! Advised the gift shop to get more items, especially stickers and more shirt designs. History buffs will love it. Very cool spot!
  • Very interesting place. Cool to see all the history and science. Lots of scale replicas (or the real things!). Kids area got off topic at the end and turned into general science.
  • Was much more interesting than I thought it would be. I went with three males, two adults and a preteen, who were very interested and excited, but I was not expecting much. What a surprise I got! I think I was the last one out! Upon entering, enormous periodic table of elements set into floor in tile, just beautiful. Lots of different areas for different topics of discussion, from testing, to bomb shelters, to hands on play areas for learning. There is a large collection of military aircraft out back that you can walk right up to, and the guides are very knowledgeable and clearly love their jobs (and their history)!
  • Great museum! Lots of retired weapons casings. They even have things like Intercontinental ballistic missiles such as the Titan II (IIRC on the name), which are much bigger than I thought. Also have some retired military airplanes in the back. Well worth the $10 for a New Mexico resident. For some reason they have a Delorian and a Formula-looking car in there. Not sure why, but was cool to see it.