Los Alamos History Museum

Los Alamos History Museum The Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum preserve, protect, and communicate the remarkable history and inspiring stories of Los Alamos.
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One museum in multiple buildings, the museum tells history of the people of Los Alamos, including information on the Ancestral Pueblo people, Homesteading history, the Los Alamos Ranch School, the Manhattan Project, and the Post-World War II community.

05/14/2019

Tuesday's Quote: The Tech Area was built on the north rim of Los Alamos Canyon and wastes from the laboratories were washed into it below Omega. Omega was a detached part of the Tech Area. I knew it was the home of the "water boiler," but I didn't yet know it was the code name for a small nuclear reactor. I did know from the remote location and the number of signs on the fence saying Danger—Peligro—Keep Out that the water boiler was not an outsized tea kettle! — from Inside Box 1663 by Eleanor Jette

Museum Shop MondaysShop at the museum this week and mention our post to receive 15% off our new Oppenheimer Bobbleheads!...
05/13/2019

Museum Shop Mondays
Shop at the museum this week and mention our post to receive 15% off our new Oppenheimer Bobbleheads!
#museumshopmondays #LosAlamosHistory

In May, 2010, the historic Romero Cabin was opened to the public. Visit the cabin on our 11 a.m. guided tours, and at sp...
05/09/2019

In May, 2010, the historic Romero Cabin was opened to the public. Visit the cabin on our 11 a.m. guided tours, and at special times throughout the warmer months.
#tbt #LosAlamosHistory

05/07/2019

Tuesday's Quote: When The House at Otowi Bridge was first released, Dorothy McKibbin wrote these beautiful and appropriate words in a note to author Peggy Pond Church—"People are loving it ... Everyone is talking and looking forward to the book, and your story of Edith is in the air, where it should be, with the clouds, the moving rain, and the sun ... everything is alive and loved, and Edith is there, and you. [The Oppenheimers] both said that you re-created the spirit of the country and of Edith poignantly." — Quoted from At Home on the Slopes of Mountains by Sharon Snyder

#FridayFunFact: On this date in 1962, the family to occupy the first permanent home in White Rock moved in.
04/26/2019

#FridayFunFact: On this date in 1962, the family to occupy the first permanent home in White Rock moved in.

It's back! The "General's Car" has returned to the Hans Bethe House for photo opportunities and fun this summer. Stop by...
04/25/2019

It's back! The "General's Car" has returned to the Hans Bethe House for photo opportunities and fun this summer. Stop by! (The car is a 1947 Plymouth that served as Gen. Groves' transportation in the television show "Manhattan" on WGN.) #tbt

You know you want one -- Oppenheimer birthday cookies! It's the 115th anniversary of J. Robert Oppenheimer's birthday. C...
04/22/2019

You know you want one -- Oppenheimer birthday cookies! It's the 115th anniversary of J. Robert Oppenheimer's birthday. Come celebrate in the Los Alamos History Museum today with a cookie. And if you say, "Happy birthday, Oppie," you receive 15 percent off shop merchandise. Join in the fun!

May 1 is the last session of Time Travelers this semester, and it's a really special one—a behind-the-scenes tour of t...
04/12/2019
Time Travelers: Archives Adventures

May 1 is the last session of Time Travelers this semester, and it's a really special one—a behind-the-scenes tour of the Historical Society archives. There are only a few spots left, so sign up the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grader in your life before the session fills up!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/time-travelers-archives-adventures-registration-54662516057

Time Travelers sets students on an adventure of exploration, investigating our local history through artifacts in the Los Alamos History Museum and with hands-on activities. Archives Adventures: In this program, students will take a field trip to the Los Alamos Historical Society Archives. We will t...

#FridayFunFacts The boy sitting on the right is Robert Stuart, who will become president of Quaker Oats and ambassador t...
04/12/2019

#FridayFunFacts The boy sitting on the right is Robert Stuart, who will become president of Quaker Oats and ambassador to Norway under President Ronald Reagan. He attended the Ranch School from 1930-1933.

It's almost time for another Oppenheimer Party (this one was at his house in 1946) to celebrate the 115th anniversary of...
04/08/2019

It's almost time for another Oppenheimer Party (this one was at his house in 1946) to celebrate the 115th anniversary of his birth. Monday, April 22, if you say "Happy Birthday, Oppie" at the museum, you get a 15 percent discount on merchandise and a birthday cookie. Come join the fun!

We love National History Day and are particularly proud to be a sponsor this year!
04/06/2019

We love National History Day and are particularly proud to be a sponsor this year!

Trinity site is open tomorrow, one of only two times a year the public can visit the site, including the McDonald Ranch ...
04/05/2019

Trinity site is open tomorrow, one of only two times a year the public can visit the site, including the McDonald Ranch House. Here is Herb Lehr at the house with core of the "gadget" that will be tested at Trinity. #Fridayfacts

As the weather warms, do your thoughts turn to fishing? These Los Alamos Ranch School students sure caught their share, ...
04/04/2019

As the weather warms, do your thoughts turn to fishing? These Los Alamos Ranch School students sure caught their share, and Bences Gonzales, camp cook extraordinaire, is ready to fry them up! #tbt

Only 20 days until the 115th anniversary of Oppenheimer's birth! We are ready to celebrate. Visit the Los Alamos History...
04/02/2019

Only 20 days until the 115th anniversary of Oppenheimer's birth! We are ready to celebrate. Visit the Los Alamos History Museum on Monday, April 22, and receive a 15 percent discount on shop merchandise when you say, "Happy Birthday, Oppie!" We will have cookies and other fun. Come join us!

Tomorrow (March 30) marks the anniversary of Juan Luis Garcia entering a claim for the first homestead on the Pajartio P...
03/29/2019

Tomorrow (March 30) marks the anniversary of Juan Luis Garcia entering a claim for the first homestead on the Pajartio Plateau in 1887. If you haven't taken it or if it's been a while, take the Los Alamos Homestead Driving Tour to celebrate! Brochures are available in the Los Alamos History Museum, Fuller Lodge lobby, and the Municipal Building lobby.

Did any of you Scouts out there earn your Atomic Energy Proficiency badge? The criteria for it were developed in Los Ala...
03/28/2019

Did any of you Scouts out there earn your Atomic Energy Proficiency badge? The criteria for it were developed in Los Alamos in the 1960s. #tbt

03/22/2019
LA Tierra Quemada—The Burning Ground

We're privileged to be able to share this documentary with you, created by a team at LANL. It's the story of the October 14, 1959 Burning Ground accident.

https://youtu.be/DYvfvjcIp68

This is a story for all of us, because it is rooted in our national security mission. It is a story about families, love and loss, tragedy and hope, and it i...

This weather reminds us of Los Alamos Ranch School days, when there was enough snow for skijoring on the plateau. Have y...
03/21/2019

This weather reminds us of Los Alamos Ranch School days, when there was enough snow for skijoring on the plateau. Have you ever tried the sport? #tbt

Is the history-loving 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grader in your life signed up for Time Travelers? There are still a few spots ope...
03/20/2019
For Parents

Is the history-loving 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grader in your life signed up for Time Travelers? There are still a few spots open in our April 3 and May 1 sessions!

On this date in 1949, federal jurisdiction of Los Alamos was transferred to the state of New Mexico. You can learn more ...
03/15/2019
The Battle for Civil Rights: Or, How Los Alamos Became a County

On this date in 1949, federal jurisdiction of Los Alamos was transferred to the state of New Mexico. You can learn more about the complicated, sometimes messy, and often frustrating process of Los Alamos' quest to become a county in the book, "The Battle for Civil Rights." https://www.losalamoshistory.org/store/p215/How_Los_Alamos_Became_County.html

This is an account of the difficulties Los Alamos citizens encountered in their attempts to win the right to vote and have the town recognized as part of the state of New Mexico rather than as a federal district, which it had been during World War II.

It's almost time for spring training -- volunteers, not baseball. It's free. It's fun. No sign up. No fuss. No mess. Joi...
03/15/2019
Free Training Announced For Community Members Interested In Los Alamos Stories

It's almost time for spring training -- volunteers, not baseball. It's free. It's fun. No sign up. No fuss. No mess. Join us! https://www.ladailypost.com/content/free-training-announced-community-members-interested-los-alamos-stories

If you have ever wanted to know the story of Fuller Lodge and to learn more about Ashley Pond, or if have you thought it would be interesting and fun to interact with some of the visitors who come to Los Alamos from all over the world (it is), now is your opportunity.

03/12/2019

Don't let a little rain stop you! Remember tonight at 7 in Fuller Lodge: "The Life and Cold War Legacies of Harold Agnew."

#FridayFunFacts Naval Commander William "Deak" Parsons (left with Col. Paul Tibbets), grew up in Fort Sumner, New Mexico...
03/08/2019

#FridayFunFacts Naval Commander William "Deak" Parsons (left with Col. Paul Tibbets), grew up in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. He was an ordinance expert and served as J. Robert Oppenheimer's associate director during the Manhattan Project. He and his family lived next door to Oppenheimer on Bathtub Row.

Here's what the Los Alamos History Museum looked like in 1942. Come visit to learn more! #tbt
03/07/2019

Here's what the Los Alamos History Museum looked like in 1942. Come visit to learn more! #tbt

Our visitors are adding some amazing responses to our temporary Atoms and Art exhibit!
03/06/2019

Our visitors are adding some amazing responses to our temporary Atoms and Art exhibit!

#MuseumShopMonday Soon after the Los Alamos Historical Society published the book, "In August 1945" by Paul Numerof, a m...
03/04/2019

#MuseumShopMonday Soon after the Los Alamos Historical Society published the book, "In August 1945" by Paul Numerof, a member of the Special Engineer Detachment in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, Paul shared this photo of himself with a model of Fat Man. You can read about Paul's experiences in his book, https://www.losalamoshistory.org/store/p242/August_1945.html

#FridayFunFact Meals at the Los Alamos Ranch School were planned by a dietician, and the boys (and the masters) were req...
03/01/2019

#FridayFunFact Meals at the Los Alamos Ranch School were planned by a dietician, and the boys (and the masters) were required to eat everything on their plate. The scientific planning of meals did not preclude birthday cake, though!

No matter what time of year, Ashley Pond is beautiful and the centerpiece of our community! #tbt
02/28/2019

No matter what time of year, Ashley Pond is beautiful and the centerpiece of our community! #tbt

What? You have not yet signed up for our guided tour to the Trinity site on April 5-6? The deadline is next week! Reserv...
02/26/2019

What? You have not yet signed up for our guided tour to the Trinity site on April 5-6? The deadline is next week! Reserve your spot now. www.losalamoshistory.org/trinity.html

On this date in 1913, Victor Romero filed for his homestead patent. The Romero Cabin was moved to the Historic District ...
02/25/2019

On this date in 1913, Victor Romero filed for his homestead patent. The Romero Cabin was moved to the Historic District near the Memorial Rose Garden in the 1980s and has been preserved and interpreted. The black and white photo shows Victor's son-in-law, Bences Gonzales, and grandson Ray Gonzales, visiting the cabin at its original location.

#FridayFunFact Along with being a prestigious prep school, the Los Alamos Ranch School often hosted a summer camp for bo...
02/22/2019

#FridayFunFact Along with being a prestigious prep school, the Los Alamos Ranch School often hosted a summer camp for boys. Imagine riding horses through the Jemez Mountains and camping in the Valles Caldera! This photo is from 1922.

The Los Alamos History Museum follows Los Alamos National Laboratory on weather delays and closures, so we will be close...
02/19/2019

The Los Alamos History Museum follows Los Alamos National Laboratory on weather delays and closures, so we will be closed today (Tuesday, Feb. 19). Enjoy our standard snow day photo of historic Fuller Lodge, and be safe out there.

It's an oldie but a goodie, and we do love our history this Valentine's Day. Los Alamos Main Gate, ca. 1945. #tbt
02/14/2019

It's an oldie but a goodie, and we do love our history this Valentine's Day. Los Alamos Main Gate, ca. 1945. #tbt

Is storytelling a lost art? Not with the help of the New Mexico Humanities Council! Join us tonight for a delightful eve...
02/12/2019

Is storytelling a lost art? Not with the help of the New Mexico Humanities Council! Join us tonight for a delightful evening of cuentos (stories) from Northern New Mexico that focus on traditions, what it means to be of Hispanic descent, and universal humor and lessons with Paulette Atencio. 7 p.m. in Fuller Lodge.

Our lovely exhibit "Atoms and Art: The Intersecting Lives of Maria Poveka Martinez and Bernice Bidwell Brode" is based o...
02/04/2019

Our lovely exhibit "Atoms and Art: The Intersecting Lives of Maria Poveka Martinez and Bernice Bidwell Brode" is based on the book by Bernice, "Tales of Los Alamos: Life on the Mesa 1943-1945." If you don't have a copy, you need one! #MuseumShopMonday https://www.losalamoshistory.org/store/p202/Tales_Los_Alamos.html

OK, we share this photo a lot because we love it, and today's it's particularly apropos. This is Maria Martinez with the...
02/01/2019

OK, we share this photo a lot because we love it, and today's it's particularly apropos. This is Maria Martinez with the late pueblo pottery expert Frank Harlow. Our new exhibit featuring a number of recently donated pieces of Maria pottery opens today, from 4-6 p.m. "Atoms and Art: The Intersecting Lives of Maria Poveka Martinez and Bernice Bidwell Brode." Join representatives of San Ildefonso Pueblo, Maria's family members, Bernice's family members, folks from Los Alamos National Bank (our sponsor), and your community friends and neighbors. It's part of the downtown Los Alamos "Creative Crawl," through the Los Alamos Creative District.

Have you been to Trinity, site of the world's first human-made atomic explosion? Have you been with award winning tour g...
01/31/2019

Have you been to Trinity, site of the world's first human-made atomic explosion? Have you been with award winning tour guides Georgia and Gerry Strickfaden? Tickets are now available for the Los Alamos Historical Society's two-day tour, April 5-6. Only 40 tickets are available, so get yours now. More information about this terrific trip and tickets are available here: https://www.losalamoshistory.org/trinity.html

Join us for a special exhibit opening this Friday from 4-6 at the Museum, "Atoms and Art: The Intersecting Lives of Mari...
01/29/2019

Join us for a special exhibit opening this Friday from 4-6 at the Museum, "Atoms and Art: The Intersecting Lives of Maria Poveka Martinez and Bernice Bidwell Brode." It's a beautiful exhibit with beautiful pottery and beautiful stories.

Downtown Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project (a one-stoplight town!). Notice the building on the left, the Trading P...
01/25/2019

Downtown Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project (a one-stoplight town!). Notice the building on the left, the Trading Post of the Los Alamos Ranch School, which sat about where today's Post Office is. It faced west toward Fuller Lodge. #FridayFunFacts

Los Alamos is famous for science and has had its share of great artists over the years, as well. Here Austrian-born phys...
01/24/2019

Los Alamos is famous for science and has had its share of great artists over the years, as well. Here Austrian-born physicist Otto Frisch, head of the Critical Assemblies group during the Manhattan Project, plays piano in Fuller Lodge for radio station KRS (predecessor of our own KRSN). #tbt

#FridayFunFact: Often called the Red Cross Building, this stone cottage on Bathtub Row was the Power House for the Los A...
01/18/2019

#FridayFunFact: Often called the Red Cross Building, this stone cottage on Bathtub Row was the Power House for the Los Alamos Ranch School. It contained two diesel generators that supplied electricity for the school. After the U.S. Army determined it wouldn't generate enough electricity for the Manhattan Project, the building's 600-square-feet were converted into a house. George Kistiakowsky, explosives expert, lived there.

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1050 Bathtub Row
Los Alamos, NM
87544

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(505) 662-4493

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