OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The new American Museum of Science and Energy facility is hosting its grand opening October 18. Admission will be free that day. This is in the heart of the city as part of the Main Street Oak Ridge development. In the meantime, AMSE is open with limited hours during early October.
The museum contains some highlights from the original museum. These include the popular Van de Graaff generator that illustrates electrostatic energy while making visitor's hair stand up; and original artifacts that have been with AMSE for decades of safe keeping. One of those artifacts is the moon box made at a local federal facility in Oak Ridge.
The new AMSE facility is the site of bus tours that allow the public to see otherwise closed off areas of federal facilities that are part of the Department of Energy. Volunteer Coordinator Glenda Bingham said they are, "Pretty close to filling the buses."
Tour Guide Benny Houser explained,that on the tour they, "Go to the Y-12 facility where they learn about it. Then we move on to the Spallation Neutron Source. And then the Graphite Reactor. And they learn about each specific site, the different sites and learn what they did during the Manhattan Project. "
The museum is open limited hours until October 18, from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. After the Grand Opening event, the museum will be open these days and times:
Monday: 1 to 5 pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm
Friday: 9 am to 8 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 1 to 5 pm
Visit the museum's website here.