LM Visitors’ Centers Closed to the Public
The U.S. Department of Energy Office (DOE) of Legacy Management (LM) is focused on ensuring that visitors, families, and the community remain safe by following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19) along with recommendations from federal, state, and local public health authorities.
Starting, Monday, March 16, 2020, DOE LM visitors’ centers are closed to the public, and all associated programming is cancelled until further notice. Mission critical activities at LM Sites will continue to ensure that the public and the environment remain protected.
The closed visitors’ centers include the Fernald Preserve Visitors Center near Hamilton, Ohio; the Weldon Spring Site Interpretive Center in St. Charles, Missouri; the Atomic Legacy Cabin in Grand Junction, Colorado; and the Window Rock, Arizona, Outreach Office. Updates will be posted to the DOE LM website.
For more information on DOE LM public visitors’ center closings, please call (202) 586-7550 or email LM@hq.doe.gov
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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
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.
Non-LM, Federally-Operated Centers
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.
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.