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American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge

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Science Museum
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Reviews
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  • This museum has something for just about everyone. If you have children or grandchildren they will find oodles of hands on things to keep themselves occupied. We had three grandchildren with us from a...  more »
  • We reserved the 3 hour bus tour a month in advance and weren't disappointed. The guide was very enthusiastic and informative. Admittedly, I found the historical anecdotes more interesting than the sci...  more »
  • This is a museum for all ages. There are many exhibits for kids that teach certain physics principles, and other exhibits geared more for adults. In all cases, the exhibits were engaging and well wort...  more »
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  • This was a pretty cool history of Oak Ridge. It has some in depth stuff about the work performed there. Tons of stuff to do especially for kids, but several of the props are busted. It may even have too much going on. It's a really good price and would definitely go again. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly.
  • This place is fascinating, it has lots to learn about science and the history of the area. My husband and I loved it, and our 10 year old lived it. Our 2 year old got a little bored. Cannot beat the price!!!!!!!
  • Most exhibitions are outdated (aka satellite launch is planned for 1997) and not very well organized. Some of the movies are good but your English needs to be decent to enjoy that. The laboratory tour is only open to US citizens.
  • My 80 year old father-in-law, my husband and I went to this museum on Saturday, April 16. The exhibits are great but the customer service around the gift shop was HORRIBLE. I went earlier in our visit because gift shops are my favorite part of museums for souvenirs. The Gift shop was open and I was in there for what had to be 15 plus minutes with NO STAFF. I waited to purchase my items, then finally had to go to the information desk to ask for someone to ring up my items. The woman behind information desk got a call and ended up handing the call off to who, I found out after, was the gift shop clerk... apparently she didn't think she had anything to do. I had actually passed this girl on my way to the info desk and she was with a group of boys. So then I had to wait for her to get off the phone to ring up my items. But wait, it doesn't end there. I purchase my items and rejoin my family. We are at the other end of the museum when suddenly 20 minutes before the museum is supposed to close they give a PA announcement that the gift shop will be closing in THREE MINUTES. So my 80-year-old father-in-law wanted to visit the gift shop so he (remember he's EIGHTY-YEARS-OLD) rushes to make it to the gift shop. We make it and we try to quickly look around and some young guy in a dress shirt and tie yells out when I'm standing right in front of him "WRAP IT UP AND GET OUT!" By the way, this was at 4:45 pm. 15 minutes before the museum was supposed to close. We drove for more than FOUR HOURS to ONLY visit your museum. There was nothing else on our agenda to visit in the area but after this experience, I can see why your parking lot was almost completely empty for a Saturday. People like gift shops and it's a big customer experience for museum visitors, but apparently customer service/ museum visitor experience is NOT a priority there.
  • I Just moved to Knoxville and I never knew the importance of this area. I learned so much about energy and the war. I took my 6 year old here and he had a blast. It's not all that geared for small children there are some interactive games here for its mostly a walk through type of museum. My son is nerdy and likes this kind of museum. It is a very nice well put together museum. Not sure if they do this often but they had these shows in the auditorium and electrical demonstrations of what Tesla was researching and interactive demonstrations. This is a must if your in the area.i would recommend this museum and would attend again.