New American Museum of Science and Energy to CELEBRATE Grand Opening ON OCTOBER 18


The American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) will unveil its new location and exhibits at an invitation-only dignitary event and public ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, October 18, 2018. Media are invited to join both events.

The newly renovated AMSE tells the story of scientific and engineering breakthroughs in Oak Ridge from the historic Manhattan Project through today. The new 18,000 square foot location boasts a new exhibit gallery, state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, as well as a lecture hall and classroom facilities. Museum exhibits are divided into five galleries: Energy Leadership, Big Science, National Security, Environmental Restoration, and the Manhattan Project.

Media interviews can be arranged between the invitation-only dignitary event and public ribbon-cutting ceremonies, as well as after the ribbon cutting. AMSE will be open to the public after the ribbon cutting until 5:00 p.m., free of charge.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 
Dignitary event at 9:30 a.m. EST (invitation only)
Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. EST (public event) 


AMSE’s new location at 115 Main Street East, Oak Ridge, Tenn. 


U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science, Paul M. Dabbar
U.S. Department Energy Oak Ridge Office Manager, Ken Tarcza
U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann, Tennessee’s 3rd District
Oak Ridge Mayor, Warren Gooch
Oak Ridge City Manager, Mark Watson
AMSE Director, Julia Bussinger
AMSE Foundation President, Jim Campbell
Students representing Oak Ridge’s seven public schools 


For media inquiries contact DiAnn Fields,, 865-576-0885. 

About the American Museum of Science and Energy
The American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) was established in 1949 to provide educational programs focused on the Department of Energy’s past, present, and future missions. Among other activities, AMSE provides interactive curriculum-based education programs for school groups and the general public, hosts permanent and rotating exhibits, provides live demonstrations, hosts events, and holds summer camp and outreach programs for students. AMSE is also the starting point for the DOE Public Bus Tour which includes stops at the Y-12 New Hope Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the East Tennessee Technology Park. AMSE will also partner with the National Park Service (NPS) to host programs for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. For more information visit: