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2013 DOE Public Bus Tour

2013 DOE bus tour

The guided bus tour includes highlights of the history of Oak Ridge and the history of science and technology at the three U.S. Department of Energy/Oak Ridge facilities.

Dates: June 3 – August 30,, 2013  Monday – Friday
(except July 4th & 5th)
Tour Registration: Begins at 9:00 am at the AMSE Admission Counter. Each participant must register on the day they want to take the tour.  No advance registrations.  (Directions to AMSE)
Participants: *Must be U.S. citizen 10 years of age and older.
*Seating is limited on a first come, first served basis.
*Must have photo identification.
*Some restrictions apply
 Cost: AMSE admission includes Bus Tour (upon registration):
Adults $5, Seniors(65+) $4, Students (10 –  17) $3
Bus Tour Time: Bus boards at 11:45 am, leaves promptly at 12 noon and returns at 3:00 pm. Guide commentary provided throughout tour.
Bus Stops Participants will be allowed off the bus at the following locations:

  • Y-12 New Hope Visitor Center: The visitor facility houses the spacious History Center featuring displays about the Manhattan Project, the Cold War, and other Y-12 missions.
  • Bethel Valley Church:  New Bethel Baptist Church and Cemetery, founded in 1851, was officially closed by former church members as a house of worship in 1949 following the area’s Manhattan Project incorporation into the Oak Ridge Reservation. The cemetery features covered grave houses that are unique to the region. The church is still used for special events and homecoming celebrations.
  • Graphite Reactor at ORNL: A national historic landmark, the Graphite Reactor located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory served as the pilot project that led to the first production of plutonium.  Visitors will view the world’s oldest nuclear reactor.
  • East Tennessee Technology Park (formerly K-25): Tour visitors will see the revamped Visitor’s Center at ETTP and learn about the gaseous diffusion process that enriched uranium (later sent to Y-12 for further enrichment) to power the first atomic bomb.

The tour program is sponsored by the DOE Oak Ridge Office and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Y-12 Site Office.  Tour partners include UT-Battelle, which operates the Oak Ridge National Laboratory; B&W Y-12, contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex; UCOR (URS/CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC), the DOE Oak Ridge Reservation Environmental Management contractor; and, the AMSE.

For more information, please call Lissa Clarke, AMSE, at (865) 576-3218 or DiAnn Fields, DOE, at (865) 576-0885, or visit www.amse.org.


300 S Tulane,
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Phone: (865) 576-3200


Monday-Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 - 5 pm

AMSE is open daily except, New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, & Christmas.