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American Museum of Science & Energy

Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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History and a Tour!

When we move, one of the first things I do is look for museums! Day one I found AMSE! I was... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Great place to learn the history of the city and the Cold War.

We had a great time here. All the information on secret city and the development of weapons here... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 4 days ago

When we move, one of the first things I do is look for museums! Day one I found AMSE! I was impressed....12 years later I went back, most of it was the same....something about History (normally doesn't change or get re-written!) things stay the same....More

Thank drenfroe717
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time here. All the information on secret city and the development of weapons here during the Cold War. Plus games and demonstrations were entertaining and my grand kids loved all that stuff. The used to have a sports car that was...More

Thank jimmyo5o6
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The bus tour and guide were fantastic. Make sure that you book weeks ahead if you want a guaranteed reservation, otherwise, you must be one of the first 16 people in line on the day of the tour to get a seat. In addition to...More

1  Thank SWilliams5
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Full disclosure: We love all types of history and are especially passionate about WWII history so the DOE bus tour was on the very top of our list of things to do on our 4 state vacation / tour. And we weren't disappointed! First, the...More

3  Thank Christina M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited with my adult son and his wife while visiting the area. The entrance fee was very reasonable (I think just $5 per person) and it was a great way to spend a rainy day. The presentations are very interesting and the hands-on science exhibits...More

Thank PaddlingFan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is filled with interesting information about the development and operation of the graphite reactor and other facilities on the reservation. The films shown in the auditorium are also informative and interesting. The tour of the reactor itself was disappointing. There is no sound...More

Thank oldsgm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is an excellent source for the history of The Secret City, built under pressure of war, to house 75000 people tasked with extracting weapons grade uranium for war time use. Absolutely fascinating peek back into time. Also lots of general science exhibits geared...More

Thank Linda1117
Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

A while back I wrote a review of AMSE. Since then, along with many other places in Oak Ridge, AMSE has gone down hill. The City decided to move it to the new mall. Last time I went and took my grandson most of the...More

Thank Sylvia G
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

The museum was a great experience. I learned so much about the Manhattan project and the Secret City. The 45 min movie is a must see. They’ve done a really good job of putting everything together. Lots of little science experiments and brain teaser puzzles...More

Thank Ashley E
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

This is the best science Museum I have ever been to! Educational and lots of hands-on activities for children and adults also! The demonstration on stage had everybody captivated. She did a wonderful job of teaching and entertaining!

Thank Cindy B
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18 August 2018|
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Response from Sylvia G | Reviewed this property |
I went over to the old location of AMSE and managed to track down one of the managers. She said that AMSE closed a little while ago, reopens at the new location middle of October, and any information regarding tours, hours... More
19 July 2018|
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Response from Sylvia G | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure if it is still there. The museum closes July 29rh and I am not sure if they transfer this exhibit.
Patt B
3 May 2018|
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Response from Susan D | Reviewed this property |
I went in the morning and it was ideal. I am not sure if this would be the same during the summer.