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 planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Los Alamos.
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  • Good coverage of the history of the first atomic bomb and subsequent development and the role of Los Alamos in the development. Full size mock up of the two bombs dropped on Japan with explanations of...  more »
  • The display on the atomic bomb development and the movies were interesting. The balance of the museum had a lot of hands on displays that kids would like; however, there is not that much to see. Takes...  more »
  • Los Alamos is a relatively little town in the hills of New Mexico. It's also one of the smartest towns in America - thanks to the National Laboratory that's located there. It is best known as the plac...  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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