SRS Museum and Heritage Foundation

SRS Museum and Heritage Foundation SRS Heritage Foundation operates the SRS Museum on a volunteer basis. We are free and open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 10am to 2pm.
The SRS Heritage Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to preserve and interpret the role of the Savannah River Site (SRS) in winning the Cold War. It focuses on technical and scientific achievements, sociological impacts, and ecological accomplishments. Activities include a range of education and outreach programs.
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The SRS Museum had the pleasure of hosting Remember My Service Productions, who took time yesterday to interview SRS ret...
01/29/2020

The SRS Museum had the pleasure of hosting Remember My Service Productions, who took time yesterday to interview SRS retirees. Looking forward to reading their upcoming book about men and women of the nuclear age! #srsmuseum #savannahriversitemuseum

01/24/2020

The SRS Museum will be closed today; we're attending the Palmetto Archives Libraries and Museums Council on Preservation conference in Columbia on Patron Safety at Museums. See you tomorrow at 10am!

01/21/2020
Behind the Scenes of 6,000 Stories

Check out this behind the scenes look at our newest exhibit! Video courtesy of our friends at Savannah River Site. #srsmuseum #savannahriversitemuseum

What a sweet, surprise reunion at the Museum with some former Dunbarton residents! We're open Tuesday through Saturday f...
01/13/2020

What a sweet, surprise reunion at the Museum with some former Dunbarton residents! We're open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am - 2pm. Y'all come on by, you never know who you'll run into! #savannahriversitemuseum #srsmuseum

12/23/2019

The SRS Museum will be closed for the holidays from the 24th through the 26th. We hope you enjoy time with loved ones, and look forward to seeing you on Friday!

Meet Carl Fields! Carl worked at Savannah River Site from 1990-2004 in engineering, the lab, and WSMS (a consulting grou...
12/21/2019

Meet Carl Fields! Carl worked at Savannah River Site from 1990-2004 in engineering, the lab, and WSMS (a consulting group). Drop by before the Hoofbeats & Christmas Carols Parade today, we're open from 10am - 2pm, and ask Carl about a little known Jim Nabors fact! #savannahriversitemuseum #srsmuseum

11/22/2019

The Savannah River Site Museum will be closed Saturday 11/23 through Saturday 11/29 for Thanksgiving. We hope you have a wonderful week surrounded by family, friends, and delicious food, and we look forward to seeing you in December!

Meet James Tarpley! James is one of our new docents who worked on Site from 1991 to 2011 in the Equipment Engineering Se...
11/19/2019

Meet James Tarpley! James is one of our new docents who worked on Site from 1991 to 2011 in the Equipment Engineering Section. Stop on by the Museum today (we're here until 2pm) and ask him about working with Reactor Operations Monitoring Systems (ROMS) which replaced the world's first computer operated safety related system. He's got quite some stories!

Do you remember these school house stairs? Did you walk these quiet streets? Mr. Billy Givens said, "It felt like coming...
11/05/2019

Do you remember these school house stairs? Did you walk these quiet streets? Mr. Billy Givens said, "It felt like coming home." Want to join us on our next tour of the Ellenton Heritage Trail? Comment or DM to get on the contact list. Photo Credit: Bob Bonnett's height. #connectaiken #savannahriversitemuseum #srsmuseum #ellentonheritagetrail

Thanks, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory for capturing some great photos from our ribbon cutting of the new exhibit! Y'...
11/01/2019

Thanks, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory for capturing some great photos from our ribbon cutting of the new exhibit! Y'all c'mon by to see more!

The SRS Museum and Heritage Foundation held a re-grand opening ceremony today to introduce its 6,000 Stories Exhibit. Supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the exhibit tells the story of individuals and families who were displaced from their homes to make room for the Savannah River Plant.

Today’s event featured a round-table discussion with three individuals whose families were displaced, Mr. George Heath, Ms. Margret Rountree, and Ms. Mosel McBryde.

Whether you’re an advocate of environmental stewardship, a history buff, or have a connection to the Savannah River Site, the SRS Museum has something for you to enjoy.

The SRS Museum is strolling the streets of historic Ellenton this morning! We'll open at Noon today; hope to see you the...
10/31/2019

The SRS Museum is strolling the streets of historic Ellenton this morning! We'll open at Noon today; hope to see you then! #savannahriversitemuseum #srsmuseum #connectaiken Photo Credit: SRNS Photog.

Thanks, #Aiken, for the generous support today! What an honor it is to be trusted with the stories being preserved at th...
10/30/2019

Thanks, #Aiken, for the generous support today! What an honor it is to be trusted with the stories being preserved at the SRS Museum. #connectaiken #savannahriversitemuseum #srsmuseum

Congratulations to the SRS Museum and Heritage Foundation on the completion of its brand new exhibit wing. Stop by 224 Laurens St SW, and take a step back and time to learn about the Savannah River Site's impact on our area, and our country. You can also visit their website to view their operating hours: https://www.srsheritagemuseum.org/
And don't forget to sign the guest book!
#LuckyEnough #Aiken

10/30/2019

It may be another dreary day here in Aiken, but we are all smiles at the Savannah River Site Museum today! Join us at 1pm for our ribbon cutting/grand re-opening. 😁 Thanks Newberry Hall for bringing the snacks! #savannahriversitemuseum #srsmuseum #connectaiken

Ms. Margaret Rountree (right) and her sister Teeny stopped by the Museum recently to check out our new exhibit! She reme...
10/28/2019

Ms. Margaret Rountree (right) and her sister Teeny stopped by the Museum recently to check out our new exhibit! She remembers listening to the announcement of the Site's coming on this very radio in her dad's store. Come by on Wednesday for our ribbon cutting at 1pm and roundtable discussion at 1:30pm to hear more stories about life before the plant! #savannahriversitemuseum #connectaiken #srsm

10/26/2019

It is surely a beautiful Saturday to be out and about in Aiken! Stop on by the SRS Museum between 10am and 2pm to check out our new exhibit - we're open and looking forward to seeing you!

Please join us on Wednesday, October 30th to celebrate the museum's grand reopening after remodeling our space and insta...
10/21/2019

Please join us on Wednesday, October 30th to celebrate the museum's grand reopening after remodeling our space and installing the new permanent exhibit titled "6,000 Stories." This new exhibit interprets the history of the residents within Aiken and Barnwell county communities that were displaced from their lands to make room for the construction of the Savannah River Plant in 1950.

The ribbon cutting will be held at 1 pm with a round table discussion with former residents of the displaced towns at 1:30 pm.

The museum will be open from 10 am to 5 pm that day. Admission is always free.

It's here, it's here! Join us today at the SRS Museum between 10am and 2pm to check out our new exhibit - 6,000 Stories!...
10/19/2019

It's here, it's here! Join us today at the SRS Museum between 10am and 2pm to check out our new exhibit - 6,000 Stories! It explores the history of the displacement of communities for the creation of the Savannah River Plant in 1950.

Hi everyone! We regret to say that due to Tropical Storm Nestor, we have called off our third annual Atoms in the Alley ...
10/18/2019

Hi everyone! We regret to say that due to Tropical Storm Nestor, we have called off our third annual Atoms in the Alley event for tomorrow.

However, please be sure to visit the SRS Museum tomorrow (Saturday). The rain may close down the outdoor portion of our event, but it can't keep us from showing off the progress on our newest museum exhibit - 6,000 Stories! The museum will be free and open to the public tomorrow from 10 am to 2 pm.

#connectAiken

The incredible ceramic works of TomMac Garrett Ceramics will be at this year's Atoms in the Alley event on Saturday, Oct...
10/16/2019

The incredible ceramic works of TomMac Garrett Ceramics will be at this year's Atoms in the Alley event on Saturday, October 19 from 11 am to 1 pm. Be sure to stop by his booth to pick up a new piece for yourself or as a gift - it's never too early to shop for the holidays!

Atoms in the Alley is only a few days away! Be sure to join us from 11 am to 1 pm this Saturday, October 19th in the All...
10/15/2019

Atoms in the Alley is only a few days away! Be sure to join us from 11 am to 1 pm this Saturday, October 19th in the Alley to learn about science with interactive demonstrations. We are also partnering with the Aiken City Limits Music Festival to bring you the Aiken Youth Orchestra during our event. Lots of free, family-friendly fun to be had at our third annual Atoms in the Alley!

Don't forget to stop by the Savannah River Site Museum on Saturday too! We're free and open to the public from 10 am to 2 pm. #connectAiken

We are less than a week out and the final schedule of #AikenCityLimits weekend activities on October 17-20 is out! Look at all these events, managed and produced by so many groups coming together to create an awesome weekend of all things music in Aiken!

Amp the Alley Aiken Music Fest Garden City Jazz Pop-Up Augusta STARR Community Atoms in the Alley Indie Arts Vintage Market- Aiken, South Carolina SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare Aiken Board of REALTORS


#FinalSchedule #HerdingLotsOfCats #CollaborationRocks #ThisLittleTownGetsDown #Aiken4Music #ConnectAiken #Aiken4Aiken

We are only ten days out from our third annual Atoms in the Alley! Be sure to join us for this wonderful, family-friendl...
10/09/2019

We are only ten days out from our third annual Atoms in the Alley! Be sure to join us for this wonderful, family-friendly event that shows just how fun science can be. The event will be held on Saturday, October 19 in Aiken's downtown Alley from 11 am to 1 pm.

In addition to science demonstrations, we will also have the Aiken Youth Orchestra performing in partnership with the Aiken City Limits Music Festival.

A big thank you to our event sponsors Savannah River Remediation, Bechtel Corporation, Atkins, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Security Federal Bank, the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization, the Savannah River National Laboratory, and Edgewater Tech for making this event possible! #connectAiken

Oh wow! Our 2019 event poster designed by Julia Miller (https://iamjuliamiller.com/) just arrived! Check it out! #nuclea...
10/02/2019

Oh wow! Our 2019 event poster designed by Julia Miller (https://iamjuliamiller.com/) just arrived! Check it out! #nuclearsciweek #connectaiken

Can't wait to hear the Aiken Youth Orchestra perform at this year's Atoms in the Alley!
10/02/2019

Can't wait to hear the Aiken Youth Orchestra perform at this year's Atoms in the Alley!

Save the date - October 19th! One month from now is our third annual Atoms in the Alley event. It will take place on Saturday, October 19 from 11 am to 1 pm in Aiken's downtown Alley. There will be neat science demos, cool artisan vendors, and live music. This is always a fun, family-friendly event that celebrates science!

The event is hosted by the Savannah River Site Museum in partnership with the Aiken City Limits Music Festival and in celebration of Nuclear Science Week. #connectaiken #nuclearsciweek

Save the date - October 19th! One month from now is our third annual Atoms in the Alley event. It will take place on Sat...
09/19/2019

Save the date - October 19th! One month from now is our third annual Atoms in the Alley event. It will take place on Saturday, October 19 from 11 am to 1 pm in Aiken's downtown Alley. There will be neat science demos, cool artisan vendors, and live music. This is always a fun, family-friendly event that celebrates science!

The event is hosted by the Savannah River Site Museum in partnership with the Aiken City Limits Music Festival and in celebration of Nuclear Science Week. #connectaiken #nuclearsciweek

Did you know? In February of 1965 three teenagers spent forty hours in the fallout shelter on Park Ave as a test in coop...
09/10/2019

Did you know? In February of 1965 three teenagers spent forty hours in the fallout shelter on Park Ave as a test in cooperation with the office of Aiken County Civil Defense! They brought their homework... what would you bring?!

We've got some exciting plans in the works to enhance our fallout shelter exhibit and are seeking your help! If you know anyone who has a personal fallout shelter at their home, or any other community fallout shelters in the CSRA, send us a direct message. Thanks Aiken Standard for the historical record. #connectaiken

SNEAK PEEK! Installation has begun on the Museum's new exhibit, "6,000 Voices." The exhibit features the history of the ...
09/03/2019

SNEAK PEEK! Installation has begun on the Museum's new exhibit, "6,000 Voices." The exhibit features the history of the communities that were displaced in the early 1950s due to the creation of the Savannah River Plant, and is an important part of the SRS story. The exhibit is really coming together and we cannot wait to share it with y'all in October!

While the exhibit is still in its beginning stages, we would like to thank the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Legacy Management for the grant that gave voice to these stories through this exhibit. We couldn't have pulled it off without the help of Parallax Digital Studios, who created and installed the wall graphics, South Carolina State Museum, who built the elevated pedestal for our artifacts, Carolina Conservation, who restored and preserved two signs from the displaced communities, and New South Associates, Inc., who researched and designed the exhibit. It has taken a village and we are grateful for ours! #connectaiken

Photo courtesy of Staci Richey, Vintage Window Repair.
08/27/2019

Photo courtesy of Staci Richey, Vintage Window Repair.

Thanks to Staci Richey of Vintage Window Repair, the Savannah River Site Museum received a face lift this summer! The re...
08/27/2019

Thanks to Staci Richey of Vintage Window Repair, the Savannah River Site Museum received a face lift this summer! The restoration of the historic door included stripping it down to wood, determining its original color, painting, and taking steps to protect it for years to come. We hope to welcome you through the door as we re-open in October! #connectaiken

While the museum is closed for renovations, we thought you might like some photos of our progress. Thanks to Aiken Count...
03/06/2019

While the museum is closed for renovations, we thought you might like some photos of our progress. Thanks to Aiken County for the freshly painted walls and the revealing of the original wooden floor. We can't wait for the final product!

The SRS Museum will be closed to the public for several weeks to accommodate interior restoration of the 1926 Dibble win...
02/05/2019

The SRS Museum will be closed to the public for several weeks to accommodate interior restoration of the 1926 Dibble wing of the Museum. Plaster repair, painting and floor refinishing are necessary to prepare this portion of the Museum for an exciting new exhibit sponsored by the Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management. Refurbishment will be conducted by Aiken County and the new exhibit is scheduled for unveiling in late 2019.

The focus of the new exhibit, tentatively titled “6,000 Stories”, is the displacement of families and businesses necessary for construction of the Savannah River Plant in the early 1950’s. The exhibit will interpret the displacement event and the impact on residents through interpretive stations with illustrated panels and sound domes and a large touch screen. The exhibit will be both educational and exciting.

Public visits will be rescheduled as construction and installation schedules are developed. In the meantime, limited visits by small groups may be accommodated at specific dates and times when group safety can be assured. For information on such visits, send us a message through Facebook.

01/29/2019

Hi everyone! Just a reminder that the SRS Museum is open every first and third Friday and Saturday of the month from noon to 4 pm. Admission is free. We will be open this Friday, February 1st and Saturday, February 2.

Please stop by and see us as we will soon be closing the museum to install a new exhibit. We are sure that you will be okay with the closure once you see this incredible new exhibit!

See y'all soon!

The Clark and Concordia (CCETI) and the Savannah River Site (SRS) Museum are hosting a school Robotics event on Saturday...
01/16/2019

The Clark and Concordia (CCETI) and the Savannah River Site (SRS) Museum are hosting a school Robotics event on Saturday, January 19 from 9 am until 2 pm at the SRS Museum. Please click on the flyer below for more information about this event.

Thank you to everyone who came out to our second annual Atoms in the Alley. It was a great night with great folks!*Thank...
10/21/2018

Thank you to everyone who came out to our second annual Atoms in the Alley. It was a great night with great folks!

*Thanks to Tara for the pics!

10/19/2018

There might be a chance of rain in tomorrow's forecast, but there is no chance of us cancelling the Atoms in the Alley celebration! Join us, rain or shine, in the Alley tomorrow! :-)

The Atoms in the Alley event is a participant in the city-wide music festival - Aiken City Limits Music Festival - becau...
10/15/2018

The Atoms in the Alley event is a participant in the city-wide music festival - Aiken City Limits Music Festival - because we are hosting Atomic Road in the Alley from 5 pm to 7 pm. So, come celebrate the worlds of science and music this Saturday, October 20th!

Here is our awesome poster for the Atoms in the Alley event this Saturday, October 20th from 5 pm to 7 pm. Thanks so muc...
10/15/2018

Here is our awesome poster for the Atoms in the Alley event this Saturday, October 20th from 5 pm to 7 pm. Thanks so much to Julia Fountain for the design.

Hope to see y'all there!

It's only ten days until Atoms in the Alley! Have you heard about our fun, family-friendly event called Atoms in the All...
10/10/2018

It's only ten days until Atoms in the Alley! Have you heard about our fun, family-friendly event called Atoms in the Alley? No?!? Well, let me tell you that it is a wonderful, FREE event that celebrates nuclear science. Here are the details:

Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: 5 pm to 7 pm
Place: The Alley in Downtown Aiken

We will have live music by Atomic Road, interactive education booths, artisan vendors, a fundraising raffle, and the Stuffed Puppies food truck.

After (and before) you enjoy the Atoms in the Alley event, be sure to check out the Aiken City Limits Music Festival. It's a great event that features live music performances throughout the city. See y'all there!

The cool weather may not have hit Aiken yet, but we are hard at work planning for the second annual Atoms in the Alley e...
09/07/2018

The cool weather may not have hit Aiken yet, but we are hard at work planning for the second annual Atoms in the Alley event on Saturday, October 20 from 5 pm to 7 pm. Come join us as we listen to music by Atomic Road, explore interactive science booths, and shop for gifts from our artisan vendors. See y'all in the Alley!

07/06/2018

We are open today (July 6th) and tomorrow (July 7th) from noon to 4 pm. Visit our free museum where you can learn about the significant history of the Savannah River Site while staying cool! :-)

See y'all soon!

06/16/2018

We are open tomorrow June 16th! Join us at the SRS Museum every first and third Friday and Saturday of the month from noon to 4 pm. Come learn about the impact of the Savannah River Site in the CSRA. There are informative exhibits and (great!) docents to tell you all about the history. Plus, admission is free!!! See y'all soon!

06/02/2018

The Savannah River Site Museum will be open today (June 2, 2018) from noon until 4 pm. The Museum is located at 224 Laurens St. SW, in Aiken. Handicapped parking and access is available in the rear of the building and admission is free.

Visitors will have an opportunity to glimpse life beyond the fence in the historically-secret SRS and to learn about some of the fascinating accomplishments made at the Site by our friends and neighbors.

Come view three robots from the Savannah River Site and the Jabberwock robot from the Battle Bots TV show, while they are still on display.

The Savannah River Site Museum will be open on Friday/Saturday, 2/16-17, from noon until 4 pm. The Museum is located at ...
02/15/2018

The Savannah River Site Museum will be open on Friday/Saturday, 2/16-17, from noon until 4 pm. The Museum is located at 224 Laurens St. SW, in Aiken. Handicapped parking and access is available in the rear of the building and admission is free.

Visitors will have an opportunity to glimpse life beyond the fence in the historically-secret SRS and to learn about some of the fascinating accomplishments made at the Site by our friends and neighbors.

Come view three robots from the Savannah River Site and the Jabberwock robot from the Battle Bots TV show, while they are still on display.

Address

224 Laurens St SW
Aiken, SC
29801

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 14:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 14:00
Thursday 10:00 - 14:00
Friday 10:00 - 14:00
Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(803) 648-1437

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The Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management featured the #UGASREL and USDA Forest Service exhibit chronicling the partnership at SRS and significant work accomplished over the decades.
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The Savannah River Site produced the Plutoniumfor NASA’s Cassini space mission in 1991. Cassini was built to explore the Saturn system. Because this un-manned mission would take many years and needed to travel a long way, NASA needed a long-lasting, compact and incredibly reliable power source. To solve that problem, NASA used plutonium inside three Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs). RTGs take the heat from the radioactive decay of Pu-238 and convert it into electricity. NASA will end Cassini's mission by plunging the orbiter into Saturn's atmosphere, providing valuable information about the gas-giant planet.
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