LM has several sites that are regularly open to visitors. It’s important to us that members of the public have access to the information they need to be confident about the safety of our sites. Our visitor and interpretive centers provide valuable information to affected communities about the history of LM sites, their cleanups, and our ongoing long-term stewardship work.
DOE Office of Legacy Management Operated Centers
The Fernald Preserve Visitors Center is a 10,000-square-foot, platinum-certified U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design facility that celebrates the rich and varied history of the Fernald site. A series of exhibits place the site’s uranium production and environmental cleanup eras into a broad historical perspective, acknowledging Native American occupation, European settlement, agricultural production, ecological restoration and today’s legacy management mission.
The Atomic Legacy Cabin is an interpretive center located at the DOE Grand Junction, Colorado, office. The cabin was once the epicenter of the nationwide search for uranium that was started by the Manhattan Project and later escalated during the Cold War. Visitors can learn about the uranium history of the Colorado Plateau and LM’s continuing mission in the southwestern United States.
The Weldon Spring Site Interpretive Center presents a window to the past and DOE’s commitment to the future through long-term surveillance and maintenance of the Weldon Spring site and a strong community partnership. Adjacent to the center is the 75-foot-high Weldon Spring disposal cell with a viewing platform that offers a panoramic view of St. Charles County and the surrounding Howell Prairie.
Non-Federally Operated Centers
The Dr. Modesto Iriarte Technology Museum is in the decommissioned Boiling Nuclear Superheater (BONUS) reactor, located northwest of Rincón, Puerto Rico. The reactor was developed as a prototype nuclear power plant using superheated steam. It was the eighth nuclear power plant constructed in the world, and first in Latin America. During operations from 1965 to 1968, 694 scientists and students from 41 foreign counties received training at the BONUS facility. Visitors to the museum can view the intact control room, learn about the history of the BONUS site, as well as the development of electric power and nuclear energy.
The Mound Cold War Discovery Center is a collaboration between the Mound Science and Energy Museum Association, a non-profit organization that was established to collect, preserve, and make publicly accessible the heritage of the Mound Laboratory and Dayton History, a private non-profit (501c3) organization established to preserve, share, and celebrate the history of the Dayton, Ohio, region. Visitors to the center can learn about the top-secret, scientific work of the Mound Laboratory that revolutionized Cold War, Nuclear Age, and Space Race history.