Members of the public who want to take the U.S. Department of Energy Facilities Public Bus Tour will need to go to the New Hope Center to register starting Monday, July 30.
The New Hope Center is at 602 Scarboro Road at the Y-12 National Security Complex.
“The American Museum of Science and Energy located at 300 South Tulane Avenue will close its doors for the last time at the close of business on Sunday, July 29, to prepare to move to its new location at 115 Main Street East, which will open this fall,” a press release said. “During the move, bus tour registration will take place at the Y-12 New Hope Center.”
Bus tour registration is offered two ways: 1) online at www.amse.org or 2) walk-in registration the day of the tour with seating first come, first served.
“Participating in the public bus tour allows visitors to go behind the scenes and explore the lives of those who lived and worked behind the fences of the 1940s city of Oak Ridge, also known as the Secret City,” the press release said. “Visitors will experience the race to build the first atomic bomb through artifacts, audiovisuals, live demonstrations, and interactive exhibits.”
Tours are available March through November, excluding federal holidays, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and concluding at 2:30 p.m. The tour schedule is as follows:
- March (Monday and Friday)
- April and May (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
- June-August (Monday through Friday)
- September and October (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
- November (Monday and Friday)
The tour is open to U.S. citizens and children 10 years of age and older. Photo identification must be provided. There is no fee for participating in the DOE Facilities Bus Tour.
The DOE Facilities Bus Tour will begin departing from AMSE at its new location once it re-opens, the press release said.
To register for the DOE Facilities Bus Tour or for more information, visit www.amse.org.
The DOE’s ORNL Site Office and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Production Office sponsor the tour program. Tour partners include UT-Battelle, which operates the Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Consolidated Nuclear Security, management and operating contractor for the NNSA at Y-12; UCOR (URS | CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC), the Oak Ridge Reservation environmental management contractor; and AMSE.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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