The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque, New Mexico is one of the best museums I have seen in the State. It does not only showcase nuclear weapons, but also showcased the medical, commercial, and military areas of nuclear science. You will be pleasantly surprised when you’d be inside — seeing traces of the history of the atomic age and so many authentic artifacts on exhibit.
The historical value of this museum is worth the trip alone.
The Table of Periodic Elements welcomes you.
War in the Pacific.
Hitler Youth Armband.
Calutron from 1944.
This was part of the electromagnetic process used for separating the isotopes of uranium.
Norden M-9 Bombsight.
This device was crucial to the success of the U.S. Army Air Forces daylight bombing campaign during World War II. It gave American forces bombing accuracy unmatched by any other nation at that time.
B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay.
This is a scale model of the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, which dropped the Little Boy atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945.
Little Boy identical casing.
Little Boy was the fist nuclear weapon applied to warfare that exploded in Hiroshima, Japan and killed between 70,000 to 130,000.
And of course there’s the Fat Man.
The Fat Man signaled the start of the Atomic Age. The prototype was tested in New Mexico desert site called Trinity.
The Mk 5 RV.
This was shot into outer space in the 1960s to the heat shield.
There’s a massive display of bombs and rockets.
Faces of the Pioneers of the Atom.
There are interactive things you can play around.
Place for kids.
For the kids, there is a section for them that is very informative.
Find more outside.
Go outside the building and see a few display of planes and rockets. I think the exhibits are still a work in progress.
If you visiting Albuquerque, New Mexico, I would recommend you stop by the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Take advantage of one of the guided tours to get more knowledge of the exhibits.
Address: 601 Eubank Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123
Phone Number: 505 245 2137
Open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Closed on New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
The Museum will close early at 3:00 pm on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Museum Admission Fees
Adults 18-59 – $12
Seniors 60+ – $10
Youth 6-17 – $10
Children 5 and under – Free
Veterans – $8
Active Military (and dependents) – $7