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EBR-1, Arco

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  • This museum, which is actually the first nuclear reactor built as a power plant, provides excellent insight into the development of nuclear power in the United States. For example, it was an eye-opene...  more »
  • As a retiree from DOE, I just HAD to visit this site. Most of the hands-on exhibits to hold the grand-teens interest were not working, so I became the tour guide. The printed matter on the exhibits wa...  more »
  • Our Western Road trip included this little gem. Only open Memorial Day to Labor Day, we lucked out that we were there on Labor Day. The admission is FREE! This is a National Historic Landmark in the m...  more »
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  • A simply amazing place. Loads of amazing history. You get to play with remote control manipulators and a control panel they used to use. Don't miss the two reactors outside. They were the reactors that were going to power an airplane.
  • Absolutely amazing museum and landmark clear out in the middle of the Idaho desert and plains - who would have thought! Science buffs and anyone who loves things that are off the beaten path and not your traditional touristy things will love this. We discovered it by accident while staying at the Arco KOA to visit Craters of the Moon. On the grounds are the nuclear jet engines that were never put into production. The laboratory has been preserved so that you see all the different equipment and handwritten notes the scientists used. You can stand on the first nuclear reactor - how cool is that? I highly recommend this little known attraction as it is a huge part of history and they have done a great job of turning it into a quality museum of an iconic era.
  • If you appreciate history at all or the want to understand globally significant events that occurred near your home here in Idaho, you must visit this facility. The reactor and facility have been converted to a museum and you can literally walk through history in this building. It's fascinating, free and highly recommended. Family friendly.
  • Very cool site. The volunteer was super informative and there's a lot to see. The test nuclear jet engines outside are insane!
  • Great history, and sad that this safe nuclear power tech was abandoned