American Museum of Science and Energy

The American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE), one of the world's largest energy museums, was initially created to tell the story of the WW II Manhattan Project and its engineers and scientists. The museum opened in 1949 in a refurbished wartime cafeteria as the American Museum of Atomic Energy. Its mission was expanded in 1975, with the creation of the U.S. Department of Energy and the museum's relocation to its present facility. Renamed in 1978, AMSE offers live demonstrations, interactive exhibits, and audiovisual presentations. A bus tour of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 Weapons Component Plant is offered June-Sept.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Topic(s):Electricity, Forces, Energy, Green, Health, Simple Machines, Sounds/Music, Space/Transportation, Structures, Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The U.S. government founded Oak Ridge in 1942 to house the Clinton Engineer Works and its staff, who were developing uranium-235 and plutonium-239 for the atomic bomb. Oak Ridge's existence was a well-kept secret until the summer of 1945. The community was turned over to its residents in 1955 and became an incorporated independent city in 1959.