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History Gallery

Exhibits in this gallery capture Laboratory's history of the secret town of Los Alamos and its role with the Manhattan Project.

August 18, 2014
museum plan showing the history gallery

Los Alamos, once the site of a boys’ ranch school, became the focus of the secret project to develop a new weapon, one that derived its power from splitting the atom.

The Atomic Age begins

The conflict that darkened Europe in the late 1930s at first cast no shadow here on the sunny Pajarito Plateau, but soon World War II shook the entire world. Los Alamos, once the site of a boys’ ranch school, became the focus of the secret project to develop a new weapon, one that derived its power from splitting the atom.

Exhibits you'll find in this gallery:

  • The Atomic Age Timeline
  • Manhattan Project History
  • They Changed the World: The People of Project Y at Los Alamos
  • A New Look at Trinitite
  • The Fireset: How Fat Man was Triggered
Manhattan Project
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The story of the Manhattan Project.

Don't miss:

15-minute video: Racing toward dawn

This tells the story of the early years of the Manhattan Project.