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Oak Ridge, TN - 10/15/2011

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Today we go home!  But first, we had a little side stop to make.  Sometimes we get so caught up in the excitement of being home that we pass right by some really neat things.  I wanted to make sure that didn't happen this time.

Outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, is the "Secret City," Oak Ridge.

American Museum of Science & Energy


Oak Ridge was created out of nothing in 1942 by the U.S. government.  It housed the secret Manhattan Project - the development of the atomic bomb.  Oak Ridge has a rich history in this massive undertaking, but I won't go into that here.  If you'd like more information, Wikipedia has a lot of information HERE.

In Oak Ridge, our destination was the American Museum of Science and Energy.  This museum has an extensive display of history on the town's development and the Manhattan Project, from bomb development through the end of World War II.

Infinite Michaels


In addition to the Manhattan Project displays, there are many hands on science displays, with a lot focused on energy.  There is an entire section on different kinds of energy, from coal to wind power.

Waiting their turn


There was a large theater where we saw a show about static electricity and how it works.  Everyone got the chance to 'experience' static electricity - which made your hair stand on end - literally!

She is playing the pipes!


They had a traveling exhibit called "Noise!" which showcases music, sound, and hearing with ten interactive stations.

In all, we had a great time, but were anxious to get back on the road!

A sculpture made from steel from the World Trade Center


More pictures are in the Photo Gallery.

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