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Visitor Center Interpretive Host-Manhattan Project NHP-Los Alamos

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

Help visitors have an enriching experience while making emotional and intellectual connections to the complex story of the creation of the world's first nuclear weapons.

The Manhattan Project ushered in the nuclear age with the development of the world’s first atomic bombs. Work began in 1942 at three secret communities across the nation. As World War II waned in 1945, the United States dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan -- forever changing the world. In Los Alamos, New Mexico, Manhattan Project administrators found an ideal location for a secret laboratory to design and build the first atomic weapons. Los Alamos became the home to many of the top scientific minds of the day: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Norris Bradbury, Richard Feynman, Hans Bethe, and other luminaries. Working together, these scientists along with engineers, technicians, and military personnel created the first atomic weapons.

Established in 2015, Manhattan Project National Historical Park is managed through a collaborative partnership by the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Energy to preserve, interpret, and facilitate access to key historic resources associated with the Manhattan Project. A small National Park Service visitor center in Los Alamos serves up to 25,000 visitors a year.

Start Date - 2022-04-16

End Date - 2022-12-14

Activities include: Visitor Information

Difficulty_Level: Average

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