Two exclusive, limited run bus tours: “Secret City” and “Oak Ridge Museums” will be offered during August.

Two exclusive, limited run bus tours: “Secret City” and “Oak Ridge Museums” will be offered during August.

In partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), National Park Service (NPS), and the AMSE Foundation, two new limited run bus tours will take to the streets in celebration of the unique heritage of the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, TN this August.

Both tours will be guided by National Park Service Rangers and will load from and return to the American Museum of Science and Energy located at 115 Main Street East in Oak Ridge. Each tour is $15.00 per passenger and will offer participants unique, in-depth reflections on the city and history of Oak Ridge.

Secret City Tour
This bus tour is led by a National Park Service Ranger who will explain and clarify the historic impact the earliest inhabitants of a city born overnight had on the rest of the world. The tour lasts approximately three hours. Participants must be U.S. citizens with a valid photo ID and 10 years of age or older.
Monday, August 5, 1-4 pm
Thursday, August 15, 1-4 pm
Wednesday, August 21 9 am-12 pm
Friday, August 23, 1-4 pm

Oak Ridge Museums Tour
Featuring three unique museum experiences, this tour provides guests with an immersive view of what Oak Ridge has offered the world historically and what’s in store for the future. The tour lasts three hours with stops at the American Museum of Science and Energy, the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, and the Oak Ridge History Museum.
Friday, August 9, 9 am – 12 pm
Thursday, August 15, 9 am – 12 pm
Saturday, August 17, 9 am – 12 pm
Friday, August 23, 9 am – 12 pm
Saturday, August 31, 9 am – 12 pm

Launching these two pilot tours is an additional step towards showcasing a dynamic and historically engaging destination within the newly formed Manhattan Project National Park. Additional information about these tours and the existing DOE public tours can be found at Seats for the tours are extremely limited and can be reserved and paid for by phone at (865) 294-4517 or online at

The American Museum of Science and Energy: Celebrating 70 Years of Service.
AMSE tells the story of national and global security, science, research, engineering, technology development, and environmental restoration successes that have occurred in Oak Ridge since the very first days of the Manhattan Project.

AMSE has been considered one of the top tourist attractions in the Knoxville area, and it attracts more than 65,000 visitors per year. For the third consecutive year, AMSE was voted as the 2018 Best Local Attraction by the Oak Ridger. AMSE is a proud member of the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Science-Technology Centers, and it is a Blue Star Museum and a Smithsonian Affiliate.