The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is no ordinary museum. After a previous life as the Sandia Atomic Museum (1969) and then some more changes, it finally re-opened to the public on April 4, 2009 with a new name, a new building, and a new location in Albuquerque.
A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum traces the story of the Atomic Age, from the very beginning of our knowledge at the atom to the Manhattan Project and the Cold War, and finally to the state of nuclear technology today with a focus on peaceful uses. However, one of the biggest bonuses and my favorite is outside in Heritage Park: Here you can ogle five acres of static displays that include military aircraft, rockets, missiles, and canons. It’s the largest aircraft collection for public viewing in the state of New Mexico.
The museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm, 361 days a year. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and youth, $6 for active military, and free for children under 6. Here’s a big hint: To save $1 off an adult admission, click here: www.itsatrip.org/deals-packages/coupons-discounts/default.aspx