American Museum of Science and Energy

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Coordinates: 36°00′38″N 84°15′26″W / 36.01056°N 84.25726°W / 36.01056; -84.25726

American Museum of Science and Energy
AMSE Logo.jpg
Established 1949
Location Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Type Science museum

The American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) is a science museum in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, designed to teach both 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[1] in an old World War II cafeteria on Jefferson Circle. It moved to its current facility in 1975 and was renamed AMSE in 1978.[2]

The American Museum of Science and Energy

The museum has both permanent and rotating exhibits, including robots, science puzzles, a NOAA weather station, a timeline of atomic discoveries, a large Van de Graaff generator, a display devoted to nuclear weapons and the Y-12 Plant, and a solar energy demonstration project. Its flagship exhibit, titled "Secret City - The Oak Ridge Story", was completely redesigned and rebuilt in 2007. A World War II-vintage flat top house, one of many inhabited by Manhattan Project workers in Oak Ridge, opened as a walk-through attraction in 2009.[3] Several photos by Ed Westcott are on display.

The museum also provides bus tours of the local sites of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park including the X-10 Graphite Reactor National Historic Landmark, Buildings 9731 and 9204-3 at the Y-12 complex and the East Tennessee Technology Park, located on the site of the K-25 Building.[4]

The museum is open seven days a week. The museum was free to the public for many years when its operation was fully funded by the U.S. federal government, but now charges for admission.[5] The museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate.[6]


  1. ^ Opening of AMSE, AMSE website, retrieved 12 June 2009
  2. ^ History, AMSE website, retrieved 12 June 2009
  3. ^ [1], AMSE returns Flattop house to Oak Ridge, retrieved 10 April 2013
  4. ^ "Oak Ridge". Manhattan National Historical Park. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  5. ^ AMSE - General Information, retrieved 12 June 2009
  6. ^ "Affiliate Detail". Smithsonian Affiliates. 2011. Retrieved 15 Jul 2011. 

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