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Lots of new experiences available in July at the Museum

Launch of new activities related to the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
July 5, 2017
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Secret clues scattered around the new Manhattan Project exhibits await your discovery.

There's lots new to discover through a brand new set of Manhattan Project experiences. Even its smells are recreated!
Where to begin on the great new additions to the Bradbury Science Museum? There’s so much to include! All of the following will be in place by mid-July:

(1) A new 15-minute video, called Racing Toward Dawn, covers the Manhattan Project, highlighting the Lab's role as Project Y. The video focuses on the scientific and technological challenges and breakthroughs at Project Y that led to successful development of atomic weapons and set the legacy for the Lab today. The video will replace The Town That Never Was, which focused more on Los Alamos and how it changed as a result of World War II.

For those who are interested, The Town That Never Was is still available through the Lab’s YouTube channel.

(2) “They Changed the World.” Available in the History Gallery, this exhibit, taken from the book by a. j. Melnick, consists of a selection of photographs and backgrounds of various people who lived and worked at the Lab during the Second World War. Scientists, engineers, teachers, and others are highlighted with portraits and stories in both printed works and an interactive display.

Additional ties to the Manhattan Project National Historical Park

(3) “Behind the Fence.” Unlike anything we’ve ever done before, this interactive exhibit provides not only virtual 360-degree access to three of the properties not yet ready for touring in our Technical Areas but also includes their sounds and even smells!

(4) Visitors will also have an opportunity to read displays that go into more detail about the uses and significance of the three highlighted properties.

Tying many of these new activities together will be something called a “Secret Pass.” Through the Secret Pass, you can decode questions whose answers will enrich the story. Those answers are located in other parts of the exhibits. How will you know if you’ve found those answers? An embedded RFID chip will trigger a light to indicate you’ve found the answer to a clue.

All these cool Museum experiences were created in conjunction with New Mexico Highlands University’s Program for Interactive Cultural Technology, the National Park Service, and the Lab’s Manhattan Project National Historical Park steering committee.

Our thanks to everyone who helped us get this work done. We plan to officially dedicate the new Museum experiences at a public opening on Friday, July 14, from 4 to 6 pm, in conjunction with Los Alamos Main Street’s ScienceFest. Please join us! Light refreshments will be served.