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Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos

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At Bradbury Science Museum, you can witness the history of critical defense and technology research projects important to the United States. You'll be able to view life-size replicas of Little Boy and Fat Man atomic bombs and explore 40 interactive exhibits of the World War II Manhattan Project. Robert Krohn and Norris Bradbury founded the museum in 1953 to preserve and educate the public on the work of Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 1993, the museum was moved to its current location in downtown Los Alamos. Other exhibits include displays of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, supercomputers, and high explosives. Put Bradbury Science Museum into our Los Alamos vacation route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This museum is small, but it is jam-packed with history about the development of the Manhattan Project and how Los Alamos came to be. We all took our turns trying to operate the old adding machines. T...  more »
  • Our bed & breakfast hosts recommended taking the time to visit this museum named after the 2nd Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. It tells the story of the Manhattan Project & what life w...  more »
  • want to know all about the minds and activities of the Manhattan project, this is the place to go and experience it ...  more »
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  • Exhibits meant to explain the science behind nuclear technology are either overly complicated or too simple. The history of nuclear technology in the US is one-sided and gives very little attention to potential negative impacts. The only dissenting opinions (for example, the voices of people impacted by radiation poisoning due to weapons testing in the 60s and 70s in New Mexico) are relegated to a far corner of the museum, and are actually preceded by a disclaimer distancing the museum from this perspective. The suffering of the Japanese on behalf of the hydrogen bombs in 1945 is little discussed. This is a highly important subject for people, especially Americans, to be educated about, and this museum does not present it adequately or fairly.
  • Great history and science here! Neat artifacts from the Manhattan project, and nice displays about Los Alamos National Labs and their other work. Really enjoyed it. Videos are interesting too.
  • Great place to visit, especially if you like history and/or science. Allow lots of time to view videos, participate in hands on interactive games, and look at at the many displays.
  • This is a nice small museum to visit if in Los Alamos, it's free but they do have plenty of information and since it is small if you have questions, the staff is there to answer right away. Information includes the history of "little Boy" and "fat man" both bombs used in 1945 on Japan. Hopefully they are never used. Nice to visit if you are in the area to get a better understanding.
  • Well done with interesting visuals and hands on material. Great information about the role of Los Alamos during wwii.

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