A popular local attraction reopened to the public this morning, The American Museum of Science and Energy.
The museum had to temporarily shut down as it switched locations to 115 Main Street East in Oak Ridge.
“This a brand new facility that we are excited to open our doors to, learning more about the Manhattan Project where it all started but also what’s happening in Oak Ridge today,” Corwin Witt, AMSE educator, said.
The 18,000-square-foot space takes visitors back in time to the World War II era, when the city of Oak Ridge helped build the atomic bomb. The museum showcases Department of Energy innovations all the way up to present day.
“Moment by moment, new advances are being made,” Pat Fitchpatrick, AMSE educator, said. “This facility will help us stay on top of things, and to be aware of what’s going on in the world. Even if we feel that we don’t have to know all of this, it applies to us directly to our everyday lives.”
The new facility features brand new exhibit, interactive activities and the very latest technology.
“If you don’t touch it, feel it… if you don’t interact with it, you don’t remember it,” Fitchpatrick said. “It’s critical for learning… that hands-on activity.”
The goal: to leave visitors with lessons learned and a new appreciation for the city’s contributions to science over the last 75 years.
“This is an incredible area,” Witt said. “Learning about what’s happening Oak Ridge National Lab and how it benefits all of us is the story all of these exhibits are presenting. It’s an amazing story. Walking out of here you’ll say to yourself, ‘I didn’t know that.’”
The new location is operating under limited hours until its official grand opening in two weeks. The current facility runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission rates include $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, youth, students with an I.D., and active military members, and admits kids 5 and under free of charge.