Exclusive Bus Tours

This August, the American Museum of Science and Energy is proud to host exclusive bus tours celebrating the unique heritage of the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge.  The tours are carried out in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), National Park Service (NPS), and the AMSE Foundation.

Secret City Tour

  • August 5, 15, & 23        1 pm – 4 pm

  • August 21                     9 am – 12 pm

This tour explores historic locations from Manhattan Project-era Oak Ridge and features commentary from a National Park Ranger.  The bus stops at Jackson Square, where visitors can take a walking tour to the Alexander Guest House and the Chapel on the Hill. Next, the bus drives past original buildings, including cemesto houses, Grove Center, and the present-day NOAA building (the former Health Department).  The bus will then go to the New Bethel Baptist Church.  The final stop on the tour is the X-10 Graphite Reactor (restrooms are available at this stop).  The bus will return to the American Museum of Science and Energy.  The tour lasts approximately 3 hours.

All passengers on this tour must be U.S. citizens because the tour goes behind the gates of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Everyone must be over the age of 10, and everyone 18 years of age and older must have a valid photo I.D.

The Secret City Tour is accessible for slow walkers or wheelchair users who can get up a few steps. If you plan to use a wheelchair, we encourage 72 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.

CARRY-ON ITEMS POLICY

  • Large items are not allowed on the bus. This includes backpacks, briefcases, bags or purses larger than 12″ x 12″.
  • Camera cases are not allowed, but cameras are permitted.
  • No food is permitted on the bus tour except for medical reasons. You may bring water.
  • The bus does not stop for food. Please eat before boarding the bus.

COST

  • $15 per passenger (includes admission to the American Museum of Science and Energy for the full day)

All seats available online have been filled.

Oak Ridge Museums Tour

  • August 9, 15, 17, 23, & 31          9 am – 12 pm

 

This tour explores the various Oak Ridge Museums.  The tour departs from the American Museum of Science and Energy and travels to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, the location of the Manhattan Project National Historic Park’s Visitor Desk, then goes to the Oak Ridge History Museum.  The bus will return to the American Museum of Science and Energy after touring the Oak Ridge History Museum.  A National Park Ranger will offer commentary on each of the museums and Oak Ridge’s contributions to the age of science and innovation.  The bus will spend approximately 45 minutes at each of the 3 museums.

There is no requirement to be a U.S. citizen or to be over the age of 10 to take this bus tour because it does not go behind a security gate.  We encourage families to take this tour together!

The Oak Ridge Museums Tour is accessible for slow walkers or wheelchair users who can get up a few steps. If you plan to use a wheelchair, we encourage 72 hours of notice.  Please call 865-294-4531.

CARRY-ON ITEMS POLICY

  • Strollers are permitted; however, they will need to be stored in the cargo area of the bus below the passenger seats.
  • The bus has seatbelts.  Bus tour passengers are responsible for furnishing and installing car seats for any child who requires one.
  • Please be mindful that there is limited space for bulky items such as diaper bags.
  • Food is permitted to be carried on the bus, but it cannot be consumed on the bus. Only water can be consumed on the bus; all other food and drinks must be consumed when the passengers depart the bus.

COST

  • $15 per passenger (includes admission to all 3 museums for the full day with the wristband given when boarding the bus)

(Or call 865-294-4517)

Exclusive Bus Tours

This August, the American Museum of Science and Energy is proud to host exclusive bus tours celebrating the unique heritage of the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge.  The tours are carried out in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), National Park Service (NPS), and the AMSE Foundation.

Secret City Tour

  • August 5, 15, & 23       
    1 pm – 4 pm

  • August 21                     
    9 am – 12 pm

This tour explores historic locations from Manhattan Project-era Oak Ridge and features commentary from a National Park Ranger.  The bus stops at Jackson Square, where visitors can take a walking tour to the Alexander Guest House and the Chapel on the Hill. Next, the bus drives past original buildings, including cemesto houses, Grove Center, and the present-day NOAA building (the former Health Department).  The bus will then go to the New Bethel Baptist Church.  The final stop on the tour is the X-10 Graphite Reactor (restrooms are available at this stop).  The bus will return to the American Museum of Science and Energy.  The tour lasts approximately 3 hours.

All passengers on this tour must be U.S. citizens because the tour goes behind the gates of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Everyone must be over the age of 10, and everyone 18 years of age and older must have a valid photo I.D.

The Secret City Tour is accessible for slow walkers or wheelchair users who can get up a few steps. If you plan to use a wheelchair, we encourage 72 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.

CARRY-ON ITEMS POLICY

  • Large items are not allowed on the bus. This includes backpacks, briefcases, bags or purses larger than 12″ x 12″.
  • Camera cases are not allowed, but cameras are permitted.
  • No food is permitted on the bus tour except for medical reasons. You may bring water.
  • The bus does not stop for food. Please eat before boarding the bus.

COST

  • $15 per passenger (includes admission to the American Museum of Science and Energy for the full day)

All seats available online have been filled.

Oak Ridge Museums Tour

  • August 9, 15, 17, 23, & 31         
    9 am – 12 pm

This tour explores the various Oak Ridge Museums.  The tour departs from the American Museum of Science and Energy and travels to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, the location of the Manhattan Project National Historic Park’s Visitor Desk, then goes to the Oak Ridge History Museum.  The bus will return to the American Museum of Science and Energy after touring the Oak Ridge History Museum.  A National Park Ranger will offer commentary on each of the museums and Oak Ridge’s contributions to the age of science and innovation.  The bus will spend approximately 45 minutes at each of the 3 museums.

There is no requirement to be a U.S. citizen or to be over the age of 10 to take this bus tour because it does not go behind a security gate.  We encourage families to take this tour together!

The Oak Ridge Museums Tour is accessible for slow walkers or wheelchair users who can get up a few steps. If you plan to use a wheelchair, we encourage 72 hours of notice.  Please call 865-294-4531.

CARRY-ON ITEMS POLICY

  • Strollers are permitted; however, they will need to be stored in the cargo area of the bus below the passenger seats.
  • The bus has seatbelts.  Bus tour passengers are responsible for furnishing and installing car seats for any child who requires one.
  • Please be mindful that there is limited space for bulky items such as diaper bags.
  • Food is permitted to be carried on the bus, but it cannot be consumed on the bus. Only water can be consumed on the bus; all other food and drinks must be consumed when the passengers depart the bus.

COST

  • $15 per passenger (includes admission to all 3 museums for the full day with the wristband given when boarding the bus)

(Or call 865-294-4517)

Cancellation Policy

  • Passengers must arrive at least one hour before departure for required screening. Passengers arriving at or after 30 minutes before departure will be considered a “No-Show,” and their reservation will be given to a stand-by passenger.
  • Passengers who cancel any tour or are a “No-Show” will forfeit the tour fee.
  • If you need to cancel your reservation, please notify the American Museum of Science and Energy by calling 865-294-4531.

Restrictions

The Department of Energy prohibits the introduction, transportation or possession of weapons, explosives, firearms, dangerous materials or instruments, controlled substances, alcoholic beverages,  any other items likely to produce substantial injury to persons or property, as well as any and all items prohibited by law.

This restriction includes:

  • Items prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  • Controlled substances (i.e., illegal drugs and associated paraphernalia).
  • Privately owned explosive chemicals and devices.
  • Privately owned handguns or rifle of any make or model, including air-powered.
  • Privately owned knives with blades longer than four inches.
  • Privately owned ammunition or projectiles (e.g., bullets, rockets, arrows, etc., that could be discharged from a weapon).
  • Items that could be used to start fires, excluding personal lighters.

Furthermore, DOE prohibits the introduction, transportation or possession of:

  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Privately owned two-way radios.
  • Any privately owned animal or pet not used as an assistance or service animal.
Smoking is prohibited during the bus tour.
 

DOE and AMSE reserve the right to remove people from bus tours for these and any other disruptions that may occur and/or which impact the experience of fellow passengers. Thank you for your cooperation.

The Pilot Bus Tour program is sponsored by the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Agency, National Park Service, AMSE Foundation, and AMSE.

For more information, please call AMSE at (865) 294-4531.