American Museum of Science & Energy, Oak Ridge

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  • Nice review of the creation & history of the Oakridge National labs, and their continuing contributions to our nations success. Reccomend the bus tour if you have an extra couple of hours  more »
  • We've been to Knoxville a few times over the last few years but we finally made it out to Oak Ridge to visit the American Museum of Science & Energy the last time we were out there. Oak Ridge was home...  more »
  • What a historically rich museum. Great artifacts..photos and back stories. The price is more then reasonable considering everything inside. The staff is very knowagable and friendly. If your into hist...  more »
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  • This place was fun and educational. Admission price is reasonable. Lots of great exhibits. It was fun for my 8 year-old. He also enjoyed learning about the Manhattan Project. There is plenty of information on the history of Oak Ridge and two good short films. Also lots of hands-on learning exhibits to keep children interested. I like the puzzle exhibits, too. The place was mostly clean and we arrived after lunch and stayed until a few minutes before closing. If you are anywhere near, this is worth the trip.
  • This place was so cool. We recently moved here and have come to realize there is so much history in this small town. We took the kids and they had fun but we definitely want to go back without the kids one day to really get the full on experience and read everything without being distracted. I've never lived somewhere with so much history, it's just really neat.
  • Nice science & history museum. The history behind the Secret City & how what happened here affected the entire world. Watched 2 very informative movies. Participated in a few experiments with a very educated docent. Kids would enjoy them. The museum is laid out well. The first part about what happened when it was decided Oak Ridge would play a large part in the Manhattan Project. Very informative as to how it affected the community, how it was built & the such. Lots of artifacts & great pictures. Amazingly few people working here then even knew what they were working with or building toward other than it was top secret and something that might help win WW2. The next part of exhibit goes into more detail of what was happening & how the science of what exactly they were making. There is another room where u can "play" with experiments & it actually was pretty amazing & a lot of fun. If u want to see this original museum go now as I understand they are cutting the size down dramatically from I believe around 55,000 sq. ft. to around 15,000 (could be a tad bit off here) They are moving the museum to a former store front (Sears) near the J.C. Penny store in town. If you have kids or grandchildren or just curious yourself I'd take a few hours & go. You won't be sorry. Plus the area is nice. A couple of good restaurants in area Soup Kitchen and Calhouns on the lake. Make it a day I am sure you will have a lot to talk about after!
  • Great for adults, teens and kids. This place is enjoyment for all members of the family. It's all about learning science and how energy works. There is no shortage of interactive displays. Which show and let you actually experience things about energy and science. There are also movies and an auditorium with a great presentation. If you have not been here, you want to go and take the entire family. It's very inexpensive and offers tons more than the price of admission.
  • This place provides great insight into the people and history behind energy in the US, with a focus on nuclear energy developments that have great relevance to the area. There are lots of activities that appeal to kids, plus there's a classroom (and professionals) for completing programs (e.g., scouting merit badges). But there's plenty for adults to enjoy as well. Some of the displays are a bit dated, but they are still of historical relevance.
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