The Manhattan Project

Become immersed in Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project in this gallery featuring a documentary shown on two screens. After the show, investigate tools used by workers and items that were a part of residents’ daily lives. Learn about the “Secret City” by reading the panels about topics ranging from nuclear fission to housing. This gallery explores the original Oak Ridge. 

National Security

After the Manhattan Project, Oak Ridge was still an international leader in atomic exploration as well as other ways to keep citizens safe. Learn about Oak Ridge’s role in developing of nuclear powered submarines, disarming nuclear weapons worldwide, and creating ways for all people’s lives to be safer. 

Big Science

Ever since World War II, Oak Ridge has led the way in scientific research and its varied applications. In this gallery, learn about projects past, present, and future that take place in one of the local facilities. These projects come in all sizes, from microscopic to gigantic. Learn about research in nanotechnology, the world’s fastest supercomputer, and 3D printing. See the full-size 3D-printed Jeep and take an “air shower” to learn how scientists create clean working environments. 

Energy Leadership

Oak Ridge has a strong foundation in energy since its beginnings in the Manhattan Project. Researchers investigate not only nuclear energy but other forms as well such as water, solar, and wind power. This research has applications in citizens’ daily lives. Come investigate its impact on your life with the dynamic Energy Grid activity. Also, learn about the power of plasma and touch the iconic plasma ball. 

Environmental Restoration

The original work in Oak Ridge did not take into account the impact on the environment. Since then, Oak Ridge has pioneered solutions to past problems and led the way in remediating the environment. Learn how researchers investigate the environment and see the protective gear that they wear while they work. 

The Exploration Zone

Come have fun while learning with a range of hands-on activities! Interactive stations cover topics such as robotics and batteries. Train your brain with AMSE’s iconic Brain Busters. These activities can be done individually or as a family. 

Traveling Exhibits

Roll, Drop, Bounce: The Science of Motion by NRG! Exhibits

Physics roars to lift with this tactile traveling exhibit! Visitors roll, drop, and bounce to investigate kinetic experiences and create understanding. The exhibits inspire visitors to think up new experiments to try while they play. Genuine hands-on activities engage visitors in fun discovery and provide concrete understanding. This exhibit is fun for “kids” of all ages!

The Art of Science

See the world through the eyes of a scientist. Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Art of Science contest shares the beauty of scientific discovery and knowledge through visually compelling images. Whether captured with a camera or a microscope, the 2018 winners showcase the research taking place at the nation’s largest science and energy lab. 

Ed Westcott’s “Secret City Revealed”

The images produced by Ed Westcott stand as the single most popular record of the Manhattan Project for the general public. Without his photography, much of the story would be incomplete, leaving a great void in the history of Oak Ridge during World War II. This exhibit is dedicated to Westcott’s passion, and it includes some images never before released to the public until now.

Art Group 21 Showcase

From the creative minds of Art Group 21 comes a showcase of mixed media artworks, exclusively on display at AMSE! Art Group 21 began several years ago as a group of artists who wanted to work together to improve their skills by interacting with other artists. Membership in the group is determined by vote after previewing an applicant’s work. Keeping the membership to 21 artists, the group meets monthly to expand their experience and to learn from each other.