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National Museum of Nuclear Science & History – Virtual Tour

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History - Virtual Tour

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History – Virtual Tour

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is a national repository of nuclear science information. The mission of the National Museum is to serve as America’s resource for nuclear history and science.

The museum’s exhibits cover the diversity of individuals and events that shaped the historical and technical context of the nuclear age.

The Museum was initially established in 1969 on the grounds of Kirtland Air Force Base. In 1985, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) became responsible for the Museum.

In 1991 the Museum received its charter as a national museum, and its mission expanded to include aspects of nuclear science and history beyond the manufacturing of nuclear weapons.

After the terror attacks in September 2001, increased security restricted public access to the Museum’s on-base site, which forced its relocation to a public place. 

The new museum opened in 2009, in its current location under the new name of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

The new facility incorporates exhibit areas, classrooms, a theater, library, conference room, and a gallery for temporary exhibits.

The site includes nine-acres (3.6 ha) of outdoor space for exhibits of military aircraft, missiles, vehicles, and the sail of a nuclear submarine.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History - Virtual Tour

The master of the USS James K. Polk nuclear submarine – National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

Highlights of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

  • The sail of the USS James K. Polk nuclear submarine
  • Artifacts from Los Alamos used at the Manhattan Project
  • Replicas of Little Boy and Fat Man bombs that were dropped on Japan during WWII
  • Modern atomic bombs and warheads
  • WE.177 bomb – a British nuclear weapon
  • A Norden bombsight
  • Two of the bomb casings from the Palomares hydrogen bombs incident (image above)
  • TA-7C Corsair II Navy
  • B-29 Superfortress USAF 
  • F-105D Thunderchief
  • A PGM-11 Redstone rocket

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History - Virtual Tour

280MM Atomic Cannon – National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

1966 Palomares B-52 crash

The Palomares incident occurred in 1966 when a B-52G bomber collided with a KC-135 tanker during mid-air refueling over the Mediterranean Sea.

The KC-135 was destroyed when its fuel load ignited, killing all four crew members. The B-52G broke apart, killing three of the seven crew members aboard.

Of the four Mk28-type hydrogen bombs the B-52G carried, three were found on land near the small fishing village of Palomares in Spain.

The non-nuclear explosives in two of the weapons detonated upon impact with the ground, resulting in plutonium contamination of a 0.77-square-mile (2 km2) area.

The fourth, which fell into the Mediterranean Sea, was recovered intact after a ​2 1⁄2-month search.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History - Virtual Tour

Mk-17 Thermonuclear Bomb – National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

 

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National Museum of Nuclear Science & History – 360 views

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National Museum of Nuclear Science & History – 360 views

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History – 360 views

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History – 360 views

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National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

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National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

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“Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.”
– Omar N. Bradley

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