The American Museum of Science and Energy is open!

Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Our procedures to ensure the safety of guests, staff members and volunteers are:
Admission will be limited to 50 visitors in each facility at any one time.
Guests will be asked to maintain appropriate social distancing.
Visitors must wear masks at all times.
Visitors are requested to provide a phone number to aid in contact tracing.

Guests must answer the following questions:
Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days?
Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?


Now at AMSE




AMSE tells the story of the advances in science and engineering that have occurred in Oak Ridge since the first days of the Manhattan Project. We are a national resource that is proud to be located in east Tennessee, a region that has been and remains on the cutting-edge of scientific innovation. AMSE is a powerful engine of STEAM education and inspiration. With our fun, interactive exhibits and programs, every day we tell visitors from the globe exciting, world-changing stories and we help explain how our world and universe works. Come join us at AMSE, where science comes alive.

Manhattan Project

Immerse yourself in the amazing story of the Manhattan Project, the immense effort that ended World War II and ushered in the Atomic Age, and learn more about the fascinating men and women of the “Secret City.”

National Security

As an international leader in nuclear research, Oak Ridge’s leadership in creating a safer nation and world, from the deepest waters, to the furthest reaches of space, cannot be understated.

Big Science

Oak Ridge is an international leader in science and engineering. Learn about amazing advances made here in fields such as super-computing, nanotechnology, neutron science, and 3D printing.

Environmental Remediation

Innovative work requires innovative solutions for its waste byproducts. Learn how Oak Ridge pioneered the understanding and techniques required to become a global leader in environmental remediation.

Energy Leadership

Energy is central to our lives – learn more about it in all its forms and see how Oak Ridge is helping create our energy future.

The Art of Science

See the awesome beauty and intricate complexity of the world in these award-winning photos that showcase research taking place at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

“Secret City Revealed”

Ed Wescott was the official photographer of the “Secret City” during the Manhattan Project. Without his wonderful images, much of the daily life of the men and women of Oak Ridge during those heady days would have never been recorded. See a selection of these truly eye-opening and historic photos.

Virtual Reality Hall

Fun, immersive 3-D worlds are at your fingertips as you travel through your choice of virtual environments, such as ORNL’s historic Graphite Reactor.

Classroom Laboratory

A selection of fun, educational experiments and activities are located in the classrooms. Visitors of all ages will enjoy interactive activities such as using a microscope.