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Bradbury Science Museum

Welcome to the Bradbury Science Museum

Experience more than 60 interactive exhibits revealing nuclear defense history and the research in life sciences, material sciences, space, supercomputing, energy, and the environment.

August 18, 2014
Visitor in an interactive exhibit

Contact Us  

  • Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Central Avenue
  • Tu - Sat: 10 - 5 PM Su & Mon: 1 - 5 PM Free Admission
  • Open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's
  • (505) 667-4444
Getting Here

Where we're located:
The Bradbury Science Museum is located in downtown Los Alamos at the corner of Central Avenue and 15th Street. If you’re driving here and using GPS navigation, our address is 1350 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, NM 87544.

How to get here:
From Albuquerque take I-25 north to Santa Fe (take NM 599 for most direct route), then US 84/285 north to Pojoaque. At Pojoaque take the NM 502 exit to Los Alamos.

Driving time and distance from:
Bandelier20 min. (12 mi.)
Santa Fe45 min. (35 mi.)
Albuquerque1 hr 50 min. (93 mi.)
Taos1 hr 20 min. (65 mi.)

Maps and directions:
Los Alamos Area Map (pdf)
Driving directions from Santa Fe and Albuquerque (pdf)
Directions: Google maps

Weather conditions: Call ahead during snow storms: (505) 667-2400 or (877) 723-4101.
We follow Los Alamos National Laboratory’s closure schedule and we may be closed, open late, or close early depending on road conditions and the severity of the storm.

See our latest weather and view from our weather camera on Weatherbug.

Tips and Guidelines

Climate
Los Alamos (altitude 7,355 feet) has a mild, four-season climate. Summers have moderately warm days and cool nights with afternoon temperatures in the 70s and 80s and occasionally reaching into the 90s. Afternoon thunderstorms in July and August typically mark the “monsoon” season in northern New Mexico and generally pass as fall approaches with warm days and crisp nights. Winters are typically short with many mild, sunny days with just enough snow to support the local ski area.
Climate and weather conditions can vary across northern New Mexico and can change suddenly. Dress in layers and bring an umbrella, just in case. Our blue skies also mean you’ll need protection from the sun—wear sunscreen and your shades. And with our high altitude and low humidity, be sure to stay well hydrated.

Please avoid
Food and drinks are not allowed in the Museum.
Only service animals registered with the US Service Animal and Support Animal (ESA) Registry are allowed in the Museum.

When to Visit

Monday afternoons
During the off-season most museums in Santa Fe are closed on Monday, so it’s a great day to get out of town and come up to visit Los Alamos and the Bradbury Science Museum in the afternoon.

Summer in Santa Fe
This is the peak season to visit Santa Fe, whether for world famous cultural activities like the Santa Fe Opera or art markets: Spanish Market in July and Indian Market in August. Take a break from the Santa Fe scene and make a day trip to Los Alamos.

Summer afternoons
Visit Bandelier National Park in the morning for a hike before it gets too hot, and then come up to the Bradbury Science Museum in the afternoon and avoid the chance of getting caught hiking in a thunderstorm.

Avoiding the crowds
Our busiest season is May through August. If you prefer, visit us during the fall and winter when we have fewer visitors. Activity picks up again in March and April with school visits and spring break. The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is also a very bust week for the Museum and generally runs within the first two weeks of October.

Friday before Halloween
For a general visit, this may be the worst day to visit; for one of our premier programs, it may be the best! On this day we set up for our annual High-Tech Halloween event. Many of our exhibits and films will be disrupted or unavailable as we get closer to the 4 pm event start time. During the event, a general museum visit is not possible. For whatever you wish to experience, plan your time accordingly.

 

Accessibility

Parking
Free parking is located at the Museum and in adjacent lots.

WiFi availability
The Museum has free WiFi. Login and password information are posted at the welcome desk.

Accessibility
Our facility is wheelchair accessible and we have two wheelchairs available for visitor use on site. Most of our video presentations are captioned and our feature films, Racing Toward Dawn and Mission: Stockpile Stewardship, are closed-captioned and include hearing-assistance systems.

Gift Shop

Gadgets
The Bradbury Science Museum Association opened its gift shop, Gadgets, in early December of 2016. While its operations are still ramping up, it does have items such as T-shirts, hats, postcards, mugs, and other items on sale. Please note: the gift shop is operated by volunteers so its hours vary and their schedule may be found here. To learn more, visit the Association's pages.