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Meet the Bradbury’s Guides

Introducing Patricia Moore.
August 28, 2020
Bradbury Science Museum Guide, Patricia Moore.

Bradbury Science Museum Guide, Patricia Moore.


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The Museum is truly held together by the “human” element, which I think is what makes it so special. — Patricia Moore

If you’ve ever been to the Bradbury, you’ve no doubt been welcomed and given a quick orientation by one of our eight Museum guides. Our guides are integral to your experience at the Bradbury, and we rely on them not only to prepare the galleries for guests, but also to greet our guests; to engage with them; to answer their many, many questions; and to ensure their well-being (as well as that of the Museum) during their visit.

While our guides are eagerly awaiting the re-opening of the Bradbury, we thought we’d share a bit about them with you. Patty Moore is the fifth  profile in this eight-part series, “Meet the Bradbury Guides.”

So Patty, tell us where you’re from and what town you live in now.
I was born and raised in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, which is the only South American country with coastlines on both the North Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. A booming city of 7.5 million people, Bogotá is an economic, cultural and educational hub. I lived in Bogotá until I graduated from college and have lived in Los Alamos for the last 25 years.

How many places have you lived, and which were your favorites?
In addition to Bogotá and Los Alamos, I also lived in Bryan-College Station, Texas, for about five or six years and in St. Petersburg, Russia, for a year. Bryan-College Station was likely my favorite place to call home, though I would say that each city helped shape the person I am today. Those years in Texas gave me the opportunity to live the “American Dream” with wonderful, loving people who welcomed me with open arms. During my year in Russia, my husband and I worked as missionaries and I had my second daughter, and my years in Los Alamos have been busy but fulfilling years of professional and personal growth. Of course, my extended family, native language, and memories of Columbia’s lush landscapes are never far from my thoughts.

Can you tell us a little about your family life or hobbies that you enjoy?
My husband of almost 30 years is a mechanical engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and we have four children and three adorable grandchildren! Currently empty nesters, Murray and I enjoy spending time playing with the grandchildren on FaceTime, going to the gym, hiking and cultivating our friendships.

Can you tell us a little about your job and career background?
My undergraduate and master’s degree are in in education (Spanish and English as a Second Language), so the majority of my professional years were spent in the classroom. I’ve also enjoyed teaching group fitness and American Red Cross classes through our local YMCA. Currently, my time is split primarily between being a guide at the Bradbury Science Museum and teaching Spanish at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

What experiences from your job and educational background come in really handy when you’re working at the Museum?
Positive, personal interaction is really the common thread running through my career. Being a good listener and knowing how to offer advice or answer questions are integral to teaching and certainly to welcoming visitors to the Bradbury.

What are some of your favorite things about working at the Museum?
I truly enjoy the uniqueness of every shift. Each day brings new people and new opportunities to make someone’s experience at the Museum a valuable one.  I also appreciate the freedom to continue learning from visitors’ stories and by browsing the galleries, educating myself about new scientific advances at the Lab and about its Northern New Mexico history. As one of the newest guides to join the team, I also cherish my colleagues, who are so willing to walk by my side as I learn the ropes. The Museum is truly held together by the “human” element, which I think is what makes it so special. 

What is your favorite exhibit and why?
For many, Los Alamos represents a new era in the history of the United States and the world. This awakening is, for me, best represented by two exhibits in the History Gallery: "The Atomic Age Timeline" and "They Changed the World: The People of Project Y at Los Alamos", which highlights the more personal aspects of what it meant to be part of Project Y. These exhibits not only bring to light the reasons why these scientists were called to their particular mission, but they are also an invaluable window into the lives of ordinary people who lived during an extraordinary time.