One of the highlights of the annual Secret City Festival, taking place Friday and Saturday at A.K. Bissell Park, is the series of tours that run all day both days.
Each of the four tours will depart from the American Museum of Science and Energy at scheduled times. In addition, the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train will be chugging along during the festival.
Visitors will have a unique opportunity to tour three historic Manhattan Project World War II sites. On Friday, June 13, Y-12 will host tours from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The one-hour tour will include the Y-12 History Center, Building 9731, the Chestnut Ridge Overlook, and Bear Creek Road.
Also on Friday, visitors can take the U.S. Department of Energy Facilities Bus Tour, which is included with a $1 admission to AMSE. This tour includes stops at the Y-12 New Hope Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Graphite Reactor, and a tour around the East Tennessee Technology Park. A separate tour that focuses on the X-10 Graphite Reactor is available at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday.
On Saturday, there will be four opportunities to tour the ORNL Graphite Reactor. All tours will begin at the American Museum of Science and Energy. The Secret City Scenic Excursion Train will be running three tours as well. Departure times for both tours are listed below:
(Southern Appalachia Railway Museum)
$19 Adults, $15 Children
Friday 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Train Boards at Heritage Center
Y-12 Tours run all day Friday, June, 13, leaving from New Hope every 20 minutes.
Online registration is available and advised, at the Y-12 website: Y-12 National Security Complex Tour.
Tours will last approximately one hour. Shuttles will run between AMSE and New Hope.
You must be a U.S. citizen (with a valid drivers’ license) and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
DOE Facilities Public Bus Tours
Required registration begins at 9 a.m. Space is limited. Restrictions apply (must be 10 or older, a U.S. citizen, and have picture ID).
All tours leave from AMSE. This tour is free with AMSE admission, with stops at Y-12’s New Hope Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Graphite Reactor, and the K-25 Overlook.
Friday at noon
ORNL Graphite Reactor Tours
Registration required and space is limited. Restrictions apply (must be 10 or older, a U.S. citizen, and have picture ID).
Free tours: Leaving from AMSE
Friday 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m., 12 p.m. , 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
The 12th annual Secret City Festival is presented by the City of Oak Ridge, the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Arts Council of Oak Ridge. The festival features World War II displays and memorabilia, special events at the American Museum of Science and Energy, a children’s area, arts and crafts vendors, nationally known concert entertainment, and the Living History demonstration, “Life on the Front Lines of WWII, A Soldier’s Life.”
Visit www.secretcityfestival.com for more information about the festival, event details, and the latest news updates. Check out the Secret City Festival’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SecretCityFestival.