American Museum of Science & Energy

A one-story tan building with slanted second-story roof with 5 small windows.
The American Museum of Science and Energy is a centerpiece of the Oak Ridge community.


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Did you know that Oak Ridge, Tennessee is home to a world-class museum on atomic energy, atomic science, and the atomic legacy? 

The American Museum of Science & Energy, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, first opened on March 19, 1949, the same day the City of Oak Ridge opened its gates to the public. At the time it was called the American Museum of Atomic Energy and operated in the former Jefferson Cafeteria. The museum adopted its current name in 1975 when it moved to a second location on 300 South Tulane Ave. The museum moved again in 2018 to its present location. 

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Today you can enjoy a newly-designed exhibit gallery featuring exhibits on Big Science, National Security, Energy Leadership, the Manhattan Project, Environmental Restoration, and several temporary exhibits. The museum has a retail shop, state-of-the-art classroom facility, and an auditorium with a 150-seat capacity. Special events and programs are often held in the auditorium. For more information including operating hours, admission fees, and bus tours of Manhattan Project sites throughout the city, please visit their website.

Manhattan Project National Historical Park

Last updated: March 15, 2022