The Manhattan Project at Los Alamos
In Los Alamos, New Mexico, Manhattan Project administrators found an ideal location for the secret laboratory where they designed and built the world’s first atomic weapons. During the Manhattan Project, Los Alamos became the home to many of the top scientific minds of the day: Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, Norris Bradbury, Richard Feynman, Hans Bethe, and many more luminaries. These scientists worked together to develop the theoretical and experimental tests that created the first atomic weapons, using enriched uranium from Oak Ridge and plutonium from Hanford. Today, the nucleus of this once-secret city is still Los Alamos National Laboratory, though you’ll find plenty of historic and cultural resources to explore as well.
Places to Go
Find out about all the places in Los Alamos with connections to the Manhattan Project including historic sites and museums.
Our park app is an explorer's best friend. Find all the places and activities within Los Alamos related to the Manhattan Project. This includes guided tours with the US Department of Energy in Los Alamos. It also includes the many historic sites and educational centers within the community of Los Alamos, which the government planned and operated for the Manhattan Project, and the neighboring community of Santa Fe.
Last updated: April 1, 2022