Oak Ridge: Places to Go

You will find many opportunities in Oak Ridge to explore the history of the Manhattan Project and World War II. Oak Ridge is designated as an American World War II Heritage City to honor the contributions of the communities and citizens who stepped into the workforce to support America's war effort during World War II.

Tucked in the valleys and hills of East Tennessee, Oak Ridge served as the headquarters for the Manhattan Project. Today, the project's legacy lives on throughout the community. Many historic places and educational centers here help tell the story of life before, during, and after the Manhattan Project. 

Click on the categories below to explore your options 

Explore Your Options

  •  Exterior photo of a former elementary school, now a museum.
    Visitor Centers

    Explore the Manhattan Project Visitor Center at Oak Ridge, located within the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

  • A large reactor face with walkways throughout.
    Guided Tours Only

    Find out about secure US Department of Energy facilities in Oak Ridge.

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    Explore several museums throughout Oak Ridge.

  • A small strip mall with parking in the foreground and background.
    Community Sites

    Explore historic Manhattan Project gathering places throughout Oak Ridge.

  •  A white wooden church on a grassy hill with a flagpole to the right.
    Pre-Manhattan Project Sites

    Discover the places that existed long before the development of Oak Ridge.

  • An elevated visitor center with a view of a massive facility.
    Overlooks and Quick Stops

    Take a moment to view the geography of Oak Ridge and its Manhattan Project facilities.

  • A black and white photo of a large building.
    View All Places

    View all places in and around Oak Ridge with Manhattan Project connections.

  • A black and white photo of a woman in front of a wall of dials.
    Places by Theme

    Explore the places of Oak Ridge through the themes that weave them together such as "Untold Stories" and "Behind the Fence."

  • A color graphic of a map.

    Use a map to explore all the places of Oak Ridge.


Last updated: May 9, 2023

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Manhattan Project National Historical Park
c/o NPS Intermountain Regional Office
P.O. Box 25287

Denver, CO 80225-0287


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