Public Interpretive Centers

Office of Legacy Management

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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. 

LM also collaborates with other organizations at multiple public interpretive centers related to our sites and our mission.

DOE Office of Legacy Management Operated Centers

Fernald Preserve, Ohio, Visitors Center

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.

Fernald Preserve, Ohio, Visitors Center

The Fernald Preserve Visitors Center is a 10,000-square-foot green building that celebrates the rich and varied history of the Fernald site.
The Ohio Region IV “Envirothon,” held April 25, 2017, hosted over 500 high school students who participated in competitive testing on several natural resource topics.
Grand Junction, Colorado, Atomic Legacy Cabin

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.

Atomic Legacy Cabin

Exterior of the Atomic Legacy Cabin, Grand Junction, Colorado
Guests inside the Atomic Legacy Cabin.
Weldon Spring, Missouri, Site Interpretive Center

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.

Weldon Spring Site Interpretive Center

Weldon Spring Site Interpretive Center - Weldon Spring, Missouri
DOE, USACE Break Ground on New Interpretive Center at  Weldon Spring, Missouri, Site.
New Interpretive Center at Weldon Spring Site

Non-Federally Operated Centers

Dr. Modesto Iriarte Technology Museum, Rincón, Puerto Rico

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.

Boiling Nuclear Superheater (BONUS), Puerto Rico, Decommissioned Reactor Site

Entrance of the Modesto Iriarte Technology Museum, BONUS, Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Aerial view of the Modesto Iriarte Technology Museum and BONUS Reactor, Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Mound, Ohio, Cold War Discovery Center

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.

Mound Cold War Discovery Center
Mound, Ohio, Site

Carmelo Melendez visiting an exhibit at the Mound Cold War Discovery Center, Mound, Ohio.
Mound Cold War Discovery Center Entrance Sign, Mound, Ohio.

Non-LM, Federally-Operated Centers

Manhattan Project National Historical Park

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MAPR) is managed through a collaborative partnership by the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to preserve, interpret, and facilitate access to key historical resources associated with the Manhattan Project. The park incorporates three of the most significant Manhattan Project sites: Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Los Alamos, New Mexico; and Hanford, Washington.

The various interpretive centers associated with the park are operated by several different organizations. LM has a coordinating role for the park within DOE.

Manhattan Project National Historical Park

Partners

Savannah River Site Museum

The Savannah River Site (SRS) Museum is a product of the SRS Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of SRS. Located in downtown Aiken, South Carolina, the SRS Museum makes publicly accessible the history of SRS in an engaging, interactive way. Visitors to the Museum will discover how the Site’s arrival affected life before the Plant, how the Cold War and the Nuclear Arms Race impacted the region, the role of SRS in national security, the ecological impact of SRS on the Central Savannah River Area, and the Site’s current cleanup efforts.

Savannah River Site Museum

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