OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The American Museum of Science and Energy is now officially open at its new location in downtown Oak Ridge.
The new museum explores Oak Ridge’s legacy and leadership in scientific and technical innovation, national security and environmental restoration from the historic Manhattan Project through today, featuring state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and hands-on activities.
The grand opening celebration, hosted by U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge Office Manager Dr. Ken Tarcza, featured remarks throughout the morning from distinguished guests including U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science Paul M. Dabbar, U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann, Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch, Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson, AMSE Director Dr. Julia Bussinger, AMSE Foundation President Jim Campbell, and University of Tennessee senior and AMSE intern Vincent Jodoin.
Speakers lauded the City of Oak Ridge and its tremendous contributions to science and energy innovation as well as national security, noting the new American Museum of Science and Energy commemorates these contributions while educating the public about great things that happen in Oak Ridge every day.
The new American Museum of Science and Energy divides its exhibits and activities into five galleries: the Manhattan Project, National Security, Big Science, Energy Leadership, and Environmental Restoration.
The new 18,000-square-foot location has a new exhibit gallery, state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, as well as a lecture hall and classroom facilities. Visitors can experience history and scientific innovation first-hand from interacting with the periodic table to exploring a life-sized 3-D printed vehicle, to learning about robotics technology by constructing their own mini-robots. American Museum of Science and Energy will also host recurring special events such as Family Science Saturdays presented by UCOR and WDVX’s Secret City Radio Show. American Museum of Science and Energy is open seven days a week.
For more information, special events, and visiting hours, visit www.amse.org.
About the American Museum of Science and Energy
The American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) was established in 1949 to provide educational programs focused on the Department of Energy’s past, present, and future missions. AMSE hosts permanent and rotating exhibits and provides interactive curriculum-based education programs for school groups and the general public, live demonstrations, events, and summer camp and outreach programs for students. AMSE is also the starting point for the DOE Public Bus Tour which includes stops at the Y-12 New Hope Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the East Tennessee Technology Park. AMSE partners with the National Park Service to host programs for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
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