Monday, June 24, 2013

Los Alamos

 The Dr. Norris Bradbury Science Museum

Los Alamos, New Mexico
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

The Dr. Norris Bradbury Science Museum is located
in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
It is a science/history museum regarding the development
of the atomic bomb during World War II,
the secrecy of the Manhattan Project and the existence of Los Alamos,
communication and the science behind the testing of the bomb,
nuclear energy, the science behind explosives,
space, and high level science.

I believe these are models of the atomic bomb:

The history room:

I believe this is a model of the explosive heart
of the atomic bomb:


 Detonation Device for the Atomic Bomb
 Cameras use for photo and film documentation
used during scientific testing:

Map of Los Alamos During the 1940's

The Hands On Activity Room:

Can you wrap the beads over the bridges, crossing each bridge only once?

Can you make a 3 X 3 X 3 cube with these blocks?
There are 250 ways!
We could not figure out one.

The museum has many models, graphic posters, and videos.
This 20 minute video was shown in their theater:

This was the most unusual museum I have ever visited. It is not something I would have chosen to go to myself, but I was visiting with family traveling through the Southwest, including my brother (a high school history teacher). I found the subject matter of the development of the atomic bomb and other warfare devices to be uncomfortable, but I learned something about Los Alamos that I had not known. The passion of the scientists to take the nuclear science of its time to the next level of potential was clear. There was a creative and intellectual drive to see what they could do. The country also was motivated to end World War II, believing that the Germans were also close to the discovery of atomic energy. There was a sense of reverence for the power they unleashed, and agree with it or not, it is a part of our history. The history that started here in the 1940's has contributed to our modern world with practical applications, and continues with the work done by Los Alamos National Labs (LANL).


  1. Interesting, but a little scary too. It sure does put scary thoughts in your head to even think about it. The hands on area looks like fun. Dulce looks like she had fun. :o)

  2. It was definitely a thought provoking place that provided an education through history and science. I was not interested in absorbing the technical information about what everything was and what it did, but I did learn more about the perspective held in the 1940's. The drive of scientists to take new discoveries to the next level was like the passion anyone has for their subject. Sometimes you are driven to keep learning what happens next, and what happens if...