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2018 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.

  • March – Every Monday and Friday
    (Except Friday, March 30)
  • April & May – Every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
    (except  Monday, May 28)
  • June, July, & August – Monday through Friday
    (except Friday, June 8,  Wednesday, July 4, & Thursday, July 5)
  • September & October – Every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
    (except Monday, September 3)
  • November – Every Monday & Friday
    (except Friday, Nov 23)
Tour Registration: Begins at 9:00 a.m. EST in-person on the day of your tour, or you can register online below. (Directions to AMSE)
Online Registration (future months become available approximately 30 days prior to the 1st of the month):
  • Must be U.S. Citizen
  • 10 years of age or older
  • Must have photo identification (18 or older)
  • Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Some restrictions apply
    This tour is accessible for a slow walker or wheelchair users who can get up a few steps. If you plan to use a wheelchair, we encourage 48 hours of notice. The Graphite Reactor portion of the tour is accessible for wheelchairs or walkers but requires participants to traverse a 350-footpath with a 4.8% slope to get from the tour bus to the reactor.
 Cost: AMSE admission includes Bus Tour (upon registration): Adults $5, Seniors(65+) $4, Students (10 –  17) $3
Bus Tour Time: Bus boards at 11:15 a.m. EST, leaves promptly at 11:30 a.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m. Guide commentary provided throughout the tour.
Bus Tour Itinerary
  • 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 1942 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-based neutron source facility that provides the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world 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.
The tour program is sponsored by the DOE, ORNL, Y-12, ETTP, and AMSE. 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.