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August 14-15 is VJ Day

July 29, 2019
Japanese envoys arrive on board the U.S.S. Missouri for the surrender ceremony.

Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945: Representatives of the Empire of Japan on board USS Missouri (BB-63) during the surrender ceremonies.


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Victory over Japan, or VJ Day, commemorates Japan’s acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration on August 14-15, 1945, and also the formal surrender ceremony on September 2, 1945.

At the Bradbury Science Museum, we serve as a window into the history and current research of the Lab. We also serve as a space for reflection. Please join us at the Museum on VJ Day to contemplate what a protracted Second World War might have meant, how the Manhattan Project ended that war preemptively, and the legacy of the Manhattan Project’s success.