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The Los Alamos Historical Museum is located at 1050 Bathtub Row, just north of Fuller Lodge (click here for a map). Hours are 9:30-4:30 Mon.-Fri., 11:00-4:00 Sat. and Sun. Admission is free. Call 505-662-6272 for more information or e-mail us at . Planning a visit from out of town? See our Plan Your Visit page.

Historical Society and Time Out Pizzeria to Host "Manhattan" Viewing and Discussion

The Los Alamos Historical Society and Time Out Pizzeria (Los Alamos branch on Central Avenue) are hosting a viewing party and discussion group for each of the season’s 13 episodes of "Manhattan," a new television show on WGN American that is set during the Manhattan Project. Episodes air Sundays 8 p.m. Reservations are not required -- just join us for great discussions.

A full review of the premiere episode will be on our website on Tuesday, July 29.

According to WGN, “Manhattan” is about “brilliant but flawed scientists” who lived in Los Alamos during World War II and were racing to build the world’s first atomic bomb. The characters are fictional, and the drama focuses on family life, such as what was it like for wives not knowing about their husbands’ work.

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The writers and producers of “Manhattan” have noted that the show is fiction but based in the time period of the Manhattan Project. Because of the crossover between history and fiction, Los Alamos Historical Society staff will be on hand for a post-show discussion each week to talk about things that really happened, things that could have happened, and things that are completely made up.

For more information, please call the Historical Society at 505-662-6272.

What Los Alamos Really Looks Like

For those of you tuning into the "Manhattan" TV series, here's a shot of what Los Alamos really looks like -- a high mountain plateau with broad vistas across the Rio Grande Valley to the Sangre de Cristo mountains. (This photo is looking west toward the Jemez Mountains.) Technically, it is a desert, but it is not the Sahara. Historically, one of the reasons Dr. Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Leslie Groves chose Los Alamos as the site for the top-secret, World War II laboratory was its inspiring views. Oppie, who had spent many summers in northern New Mexico and loved the landscape, didn't want his scientists to get bored. (Thanks to local photographer Don Taylor for this terrific picture!)

For more beautiful photos of the area, visit the websites of Bandelier National Monument, the Valles Caldera National Preserve, or the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

Summer Program Offers Fun for All Ages

"History Adventures at Fuller Lodge," educational programs and activities for children third grade and younger, takes place every Tuesday during June and July at 10 a.m. with a repeat program at 11 a.m. All programs take place on the Fuller Lodge lawn (east side). The Historical Society has teamed up with nearby organizations to present these programs:
July 29, Burro packing with Spanish Aparejo Burro (live burros at the Lodge!)

Please call our Museum Educator at 505-695-5251 if you have questions or need more information.

Guided Walking Tours of Historic District Available

The Los Alamos Historical Society offers docent-guided tours of the Los Alamos Historic District Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 11 from now through mid-October. Step inside the homestead-era Romero Cabin, visit an Ancestral Pueblo site, hear about the giants of 20th centurty physics who walked these streets, and learn how Bathtub Row got its name. The one-hour tours depart from the Historical Museum, where tickets are available. Prices are $10 for those 18 and over, $5 for ages 13-17 (or free with high school ID). Children 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult. Please call the Museum at 505-662-4493 if you have questions. We hope to see you this summer!

Historical Society Honors Its Legacy Society Members

On Saturday, June 21, the Los Alamos Historical Society honored members of its Legacy Society, those who have donated to the Society through their estate plan. Read more about it in this wonderful article from the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Bethe House announcementHistorical Society Acquires Historic Bathtub Row Home

Thanks to the generous donation of Clay and Dorothy Perkins, collectors of Manhattan Project artifacts, the Los Alamos Historical Society is acquiring the historic home at 1350 Bathtub Row. Originally built in 1931 for the business manager of the Los Alamos Ranch School, the house served as home to two Nobel Prize winners, Edwin McMillan (transuranic chemistry) and Hans Bethe (astrophysics). Because of Bethe's long connection to Los Alamos and leading role in the Manahttan Project and beyond, the Society is calling the house the Hans Bethe House. It is next door to the wartime home of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, which the Society owns in a life trust.

The Historical Society will use space in the Bethe House to tell stories of the role Los Alamos played in the Cold War. As Clay and Dorothy Perkins were close friends of former Los Alamos Laboratory Director Harold Agnew, the new part of the museum complex will be dedicated to telling the stories of Harold's role in Los Alamos and as a Cold Warrior.

 

 

 

Lecture Series The Los Alamos National Bank-sponsored lecture series is complete. Check back this summer for the 2014-2015 line up for "Made in New Mexico."

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See the Oppenheimer House online The Los Alamos Historical Society owns the home lived in by Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his family during the Manhattan Project. See pictures and videos and learn more about this historic building and its significant owner.

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