American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge

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The American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) is a science museum in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, designed to teach children and adults about energy, especially nuclear power, and to document the role Oak Ridge played in the Manhattan Project. The museum opened as the American Museum of Atomic Energy in 1949 in an old World War II cafeteria on Jefferson Circle. It moved to its second facility in 1975 and was renamed AMSE in 1978. As of June 2019, the museum is located in the shopping mall across the street from the old location.
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  • The museum starts in a mostly empty mall. It's well laid out, but talks mostly about the present. DO go to the K25 museum that's free but on the opposite side of town. That's where the history... 
    The museum starts in a mostly empty mall. It's well laid out, but talks mostly about the present. DO go to the K25 museum that's free but on the opposite side of town. That's where the history...  more »
  • We visited this museum on a Friday morning shortly after opening, and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. While not terribly large, there are many small exhibitions bringing light to the... 
    We visited this museum on a Friday morning shortly after opening, and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. While not terribly large, there are many small exhibitions bringing light to the...  more »
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  • Love it. Ticket is $5 (children and students) which is so cheap for what they have to offer. Make sure to watch the documentary film about the Manhattan project (45 mins). The film has made a great impact on my child. She wants to be a scientist now...to contribute to save/change the world. It's an amazing visit. The museum is clean, well maintained with friendly staff and volunteers. It takes about at least 2-3 hours for a thorough visit (allow kids to play with some interactive games, and solve brain puzzles)
  • What a neat place. We went at 5:00 in the afternoon and there were no crowds. It was very interesting, but a lot to absorb. The history of Oak Ridge is fascinating. As far as its history going forward, was surprised to learn how much Oak Ridge is doing to research and develop renewable energy.

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