National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
601 Eubank SE
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, 87123
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is a national repository of nuclear science information chartered by the 102nd United States Congress and located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Museum was originally sited in 1969 on the grounds of Kirtland Air Force Base in an old 90 mm anti-aircraft gun repair facility, and named "Sandia Atomic Museum".
In 1985, the United States Department of Energy became responsible for the Museum, and the staff became DOE employees. In 1991 the Museum received its charter as a national museum and its mission expanded to include aspects of nuclear science and history beyond the manufacturing of nuclear weapons. The Museum also became affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.
In 1992 the National Atomic Museum Foundation was created to act as a supporting organization for the Museum and reduce the financial burden on taxpayers. DOE transferred Museum operation to SNL in 1995, and Museum staff became SNL employees.
After the terror attacks in September 2001, increased security restricted public access to the Museum's on-base site and forced relocation to a former REI store in Old Town Albuquerque's museum district. In 2005, SNL transferred operational responsibility to NAMF. SNL employees working as museum staff moved to other positions within Sandia. The Museum hired new staff who became employees of NAMF.
When the Museum relocated to Albuquerque's museum district, the site had inadequate space for outdoor exhibits. In January 2005, NAMF asked DOE/NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration) for 12 acres of land in southeast Albuquerque for construction of a new museum.
The new Museum opened on April 4, 2009 in its new location under the new name National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. The new facility incorporates 16 permanent indoor exhibit areas, two classrooms, a theater, library and conference room, a gallery for temporary exhibits, and the Museum's store in 30,000 sq ft. of space.
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