[WORLDKINGS] On this day – March 19, 2023 – The 74th Anniversary of the first museum dedicated to atomic energy was established in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (1949)


(Worldkings.org) The American Museum of Science and Energy was founded on March 19, 1949, as the world's first museum dedicated to atomic energy.

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 American Museum of Science and Energy, originally named the American Museum of Atomic Energy, was established on March 19, 1949 in a former cafeteria building to provide educational programs focused on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) past, present, and future missions.

In 1975, the museum moved to the Tulane Avenue facility, where it continued to provide the general public with energy information. The name of the museum was changed to the American Museum of Science and Energy in 1978. AMSE moved to its present location in Main Street Oak Ridge in 2018.


AMSE has been considered one of the top tourist attractions in the Knoxville area, and it attracts about 65,000 visitors per year. Among other activities, AMSE provides interactive curriculum-based classroom programs for school groups and STEM education programs.

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.


AMSE is also the starting point for bus tours of historic sites on the federal government’s Oak Ridge Reservation, and it hosts the National Park Service (NPS) programs and events for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.


According to Wikipedia & amse.org

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