The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
presents a fact-forward history of the development of the nuclear bomb. The emphasis is on the history of the break-throughs in physics, the Manhattan project, the detonations and the role of the nuclear weapons in the Cold War. It doesn't try to render a moral judgement. Fear that Nazi Germany and Japan also understood that nuclear fission could produce a weapon prompted Leo Szilard to contact Albert Einstein. Szilard drafted a letter of warning to Roosevelt that Einstein signed, which lead to the development of nuclear weapons by the U.S.
It is a compelling story and well told through the exhibits, which include artifacts and video. There was also a special exhibit about the history of the B-52. Outside, there is a B-52 on display.
The Museum also includes some of the odd cultural responses to nuclear energy, such as a set of nuclear rector toys, movie posters and beauty and health products that contained radioactive elements. (Radioactive skin creme is a bad idea!).
|This is a model of the "Gadget" - a plutonium bomb used in the Trinity Test|
|Some of the many movies that feature nuclear weapons as a plot point|
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