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Secret City Festival Events @ AMSE

Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16

Special Activities @ AMSE

Dollar Days – AMSE admissioin will be $1 per person (June 15 – 16) all ages.

Finding Your Family Members in the A Awards  presented by Joel Walker, Education Specialist with the National Archives at Atlanta.  Come take a look at the first stages of the digitized records of A Awards honoring the many workers of the World War II Manhattan Project from 10 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 3 pm on June 15 and 16  in the lobby at the American Museum of Science and Energy.

The National Archives at Atlanta is in the process of scanning their massive lists of A Award Recipients from War Department during World War II.  Far from completed, come to AMSE and meet Joel Walker and take a look at the first stages of this project that is digitizing the records honoring the many workers of the Manhattan Project.

The Science Village is an approximately 3,000-square-foot exhibit that includes hands-on science and engineering activities provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Students can play the part of an ion beam going through an accelerator in the Spallation Neutron Source exhibit, explore exothermic reactions while creating Foam Gnomes, learn about fusion, physics, robots, and much, much more! Students of all ages will enjoy the Science Village, which will be open Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Secret City Cruise-In (Saturday, June 16 only) sponsored by the Clinton Region AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) with Public Viewing of cars and motorcycles from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm in the American Museum of Science and Energy lower parking lot and grounds.

Special Exhibits @ AMSE

The Cuban Missile Crisis: When the Cold War Got Hot, a traveling exhibition that follows the progress of the crisis, when for 13 days in October 1962, the U.S. and Soviet Union faced each other in a standoff over the USSR’s installation of nuclear missiles in Cuba.

General Leslie R. Groves and The Manhattan Project, a traveling exhibition includes insights into his family, West Point education, leadership style, personality, and achievements in overseeing the Manhattan Project. This exhibition contains eye-catching graphics and a 10-minute documentary film.  The exhibit has been previously hosted by the State Department and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Nikon’s Small World is a traveling exhibition of 20 award winning photomicrographs featuring various science subjects.  See the unseen.

Oak Ridge: World War II Secret City,  AMSE’s flagship exhibition highlighting the building of the city, the construction of the three plants to enrich uranium for the first atomic weapon, and the lifestyle of the people from 1942 – 1945 featuring photographs,artifacts, models, and audiovisuals.

AMSE’s 1940’s Flattop House with original furnishings  is an outdoor exhibition available to tour during regular museum hours.

Bus Tours

DOE Facilities Public Bus Tour—AMSE Admission Includes Tour for Bus Registrants (Must be 10 or older, a US Citizen, and have picture ID.  Required registration begins at 9 a.m. Space is limited. Restrictions apply.)
Friday 12 p.m.

Tour to the ORNL Graphite Reactor
(Must be 10 or older, US Citizenship, Picture ID required. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at AMSE. Space is limited. Restrictions apply.)
Friday 10 a.m., 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. /Board Bus at AMSE

Y-12 Public Tour
(US Citizenship & Picture ID Required; pre-registration not required but available online. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Restrictions apply.)
Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. /Board shuttle at AMSE, tours leave from New Hope Center

K-25 Tour
K-25 Site Bus Tour provides an upclose look of the remaining portions of K-25.  Tour also includes information about the community of Wheat and Happy Valley. (Registration prior to departure)
Friday  10 a.m., 1 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. / Board Bus at AMSE

Bus Tour Breakdown

June 15
10 am  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
10 am K-25 Tour 2 hrs
12 (noon) DOE Facilities Public Bus Tour 3 hrs
1 pm K-25 Tour 2 hrs
4 pm  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
June 16
8:30 am – 4 pm
 Y-12 National Security Complex Shuttle Bus from AMSE 1.5 hrs
9 am K-25 Tour 2 hrs
10 am  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
11:30 K-25 Tour 2 hrs
12 (noon)  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
2 pm K-25 Tour 2 hrs
2 pm  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
4 pm  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
  1. How does one register an entry in the car show if not a member of the Clinton AACA?

    Alex Gabbard
    ORNL retiree

    • Mr. Gabbard,
      There is no registration. It’s a cruise-in, so you can show up and the organizers will find you a place to park and show your car. Let me know if you have any further questions and I’ll try to get the answers for you.


  2. We shall be visiting your area next year and as UK citizens will not be permitted to do the DOE Public Bus Tour. Can you please confirm that we would be allowed on the K25 Tour and that it will be available into September 2013? Many thanks, Lyn Hammond.

    • Lyn,

      The K-25 tour mentioned on this page is only offered during the Secret City Festival, the third weekend in June. There is not usually a K-25 tour offered during September. The K-25 overlook is open daily and you do not have to be a US citizen to visit it. Let me know if you have any further questions.

  3. Where can I find more about the Secret City Festival on your website? Can you point me to the right direction please?


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