Skip to content

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

If you’re looking to brush up on your Nuclear scientific history, have I got a museum for you!  The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is a blast – pun totally intended.  Nuclear Museum

It is apart of the Smithsonian Institution but it is located in Albuquerque, NM.  The cost of $8 bucks is well worth it!  There is also free parking.

Nuclear Museum

You could absolutely spend hours reading all the history about the science behind the bomb and also how the Americans portrayed the Atomic bomb as a good option for war.  A BombsAnd for good reason, there was a big threat of it.  Nuclear Museum

But what I found most interesting was an exhibit on propaganda.  Nuclear FearEven today, the world is rife with it.  Companies selling the “must have” stuff you  just “need to use” every day…  From the bombardment of prescription drugs, to the kind of car you “gotta drive” or even what you “must watch on TV” – a lot of the techniques were created from this era.Nuclear Fear

The scare tactics were incredible.

Nuclear FearMy parents were even taught to duck and cover – sure there was probably a very real threat, but it created a fear within the country.  Nuclear FearIt was not uncommon to have books teaching how to turn an ordinary basement into a fallout shelter.  Nuclear Fallout ShelterAnd many of these shelters were stocked with at least two years worth of food.

Fallout shelter basementBut scare tactics and propaganda aside, Nuclear Museum does have some super cool nuclear stuff, too. Radioactive kitty litterWho knew that your kitty litter was radio active…

Radioactive coffee?…or that your crap instant coffee was freeze-dried using radiation.

nuclear shoe fitter

And at one time they actually used a radio active machine to fit your shoes to your feet.  Seriously.  The world was a much different place back then. Step right up to the radioactive machine!Yeah, totally discontinued now.  Anti Nuclear The nuclear museum is absolutely a must see.  If you’re a brain, or into the social side, or just completely unaware of stuff, this place will pretty much explain why Breaking Bad was in fact based in New Mexico.  IMG_1652

Aren’t following?  Now you gotta go check it out for the answer!


taraustralis View All

An Aussie girl gone walkabout in the great big world!

3 thoughts on “National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Leave a comment

  1. Breaking Bad filmed scenes here, too. 🙂

    Just found your blog and added it to my feed reader. 🙂 Looking forward to keeping up with your travels

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: