Where Science & History Come Alive
Call Us: (865) 576-3200

2014 DOE Public 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 2 – August 29, 2014  Monday – Friday
(except July 3 – 4)
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)
  • Must be U.S. citizen,
  • 10 years of age or older,
  • Must have photo identification.
  • Seating is limited on a first come, first served basis.
  • 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 Tour Itinerary Participants will be allowed off the bus at the following locations:

  • Y-12 New Hope Visitor Center (bus stop): 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 (bus stop):  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 (bus stop): 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.
  • Spallation Neutron Source (drive by): The Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) is an accelerator-baed neutron source facility that provides the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the works of scientific research and industrial development.
  • East Tennessee Technology Park: Heritage Center (formerly K-25) (drive by): Tour visitors learn about the gaseous diffusion process that enriched uranium (later sent to Y-12 for further enrichment) to power the first atomic bomb. A stop at the K-25 Overlook will be made if time allows.

The tour program is sponsored by the DOE Oak Ridge Office and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Y-12 Site Office.

For more information, please call Glenda Bingham, AMSE, at (865) 576-3200.


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.