"Secret City" and "Oak Ridge Museums" Bus Tours to be Offered During August


MANHATTAN PROJECT NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
POSTED: JULY 18, 2019

Two new bus tours are being offered during the month of August in Oak Ridge that bring to light the unique heritage of the Manhattan Project.

The “Secret City” tour will be led by a National Park Service Ranger and last three hours and include that day’s admission to the American Museum of Science & Energy.

During the Manhattan Project, a community was created almost overnight to accomplish the monumental task of producing enriched uranium on a large scale. During the tour, visitors can develop an understanding of what life was like during WWII in a city behind a fence that no one was supposed to discuss.

The tour will also include a visit to the X-10 Graphite Reactor, a National Historic Landmark and the world’s first nuclear reactor designed and built for continuous operation. The “Secret City” tour will be offered on August 5, 15, and 23 and will start at 1 pm ET and will also be offered on August 21 and start at 9 am ET. (Participants must be U.S. citizens with a valid ID and be 10 years of age or older).

The “Oak Ridge Museums” tour will be led by a National Park Service Ranger and last three hours. The tour will include a visit and admission for that day to the American Museum of Science & Energy, Oak Ridge History Museum, and the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge which also hosts the Visitor Contact Desk for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The tour will be offered on August 9, 15, 17, 23, and 31 and will start at 9 am ET.

Seats for the tours are extremely limited and can be reserved and paid for by phone at (865) 294-4517 or online at www.amse.org.  Both the “Secret City” and “Oak Ridge Museums” bus tours will start and end at the American Museum of Science & Energy located at 115 Main Street East, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830.

For more information on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park contact (865) 482-1942. Visitors are encouraged to visit our website for more information on the park. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ManhattanProjectNPS, follow us on the park’s Twitter feed at @MnhtnProjectNPS, or follow us on Instagram @manhattanprojectnps.

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