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DOE's Manhattan Project Public Bus Tour

Historic Site or Trail

ADA Accessibility Notes

Visitor must be able to walk up some stairs and walk 350 feet with a 4.8% slope.

Take a ride through history and learn all about the Manhattan Project on DOE's Public Bus Tour. Get a glimpse of life behind the fence in America's Secret City. You'll tour Y-12's New Hope Visitors Center, the Graphite Reactor at ORNL, and the NEW K-25 History Center.

Bus boards from the American Museum of Science and Energy at 9:00 am, leaves promptly at 9:15 am and returns at 12:00 pm. Guide commentary provided throughout tour. Participants must be citizens of the U.S. 10 years of age and older. Seating is limited and available on first-come, first-serve basis and must be reserved online at the AMSEwebsite. Some restrictions do apply.

This tour is accessible for slow walker or wheelchair users who can get up a few steps. If you plan to use a wheelchair, we encourage 48 hours of notice. The Graphite Reactor portion of the tour is accessible for wheelchairs or walkers but requires participants to traverse a 350-foot path with a 4.8% slope to get from the tour bus to the reactor.

Reservations for the bus tour are only available online and must be paid for in advance.

March & November - Tuesday & Friday

April & October – Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Time Period Represented

WWII era to present


Tour: 9 am - Noon; see museum for current hours

Seasons Open



Visitor Fees

Free Tour with Museum Admission

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