National Atomic Museum


Since its opening in 1969, the National Atomic Museum has exhibited the nation's most complete collection of U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine, and Army nuclear weapons and atomic-age technologies. Prominently featured is the story of the Manhattan Engineer District, the unprecedented $2.2 billion scientific-engineering project that was centered in New Mexico during WW II. The Manhattan Project developed, built, and tested the world's first Atomic Bomb in New Mexico. Another portion of the museum is devoted to exhibits on the research, development, and use of various forms of nuclear energy.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Nuclear & Petroleum
Topic(s):Energy
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Located in front of the museum is a pair of Terrier missiles. The Terrier was the U.S. Navy's first operational surface-to-air missile. Also on the grounds around the museum is the Boeing B-52B jet bomber that dropped the United State's last air-burst H-bomb in 1962.
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