Los Alamos Historical Society

Planning Your Visit to the Los Alamos Historical Museum

Hours

The Los Alamos Historical Museum is open from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, 11-4 PM Saturdays and Sundays during summer hours (May 1-Oct. 15) and 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday, 11-4 PM Saturdays and Sundays during winter hours. The Museum is closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Admission

Admission is free. Donations are gladly accepted.

Location

The Historical Museum's address has changed to 1050 Bathtub Row (the old address at 1921 Juniper Street was our backdoor). It is just off Central Avenue and Bathtub Row, north of Fuller Lodge (It's tucked into the trees. Look for the small wood and stone cabin with a big sign that says "Museum" hanging over the window.) Here's a map:

Area Weather

The 10-day forecast for Los Alamos from the Weather Channel

Tours Available

Docent guided tours of the Los Alamos Historic District are available Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 11 a.m. The tour includes a visit inside the homestead-era Romero cabin, information on a nearby Ancestral Pueblo site, stories about the giants of 20th century physics, and how Bathtub Row got its name. Tickets are available at the Los Alamos Historical Museum Shop and are $10 for ages 18 and up, $5 ages 13-17, and free for children under 12 with a ticketed adult.

The museum is self-guided, but tours are available for groups of five or more for $5 per person. Please call the museum office at 505-662-6272 to schedule a tour.

Click here for a guide to Los Alamos Historic District Walking Tour. (Note: this is a 7 MB .pdf and may take a while to download.) For a smaller file that still includes all the information you will need, click here for page 2 of the guide (1.3 MB .pdf) and here for page 3 (1.2 MB .pdf)

What You'll See

Visiting the Los Alamos Historical Museum can take upwards of 45 minutes, depending on the visitor's desire for detail.

AWARD WINNING EXHIBITS ON:

Area Geology- How and why the Jemez Volcano erupted 1.4 million years ago

Anthropology - 700 years of human habitation: grind corn as the Indians have done for centuries and experience the pristine wilderness where elk and turkeys roamed

Ranch School- An elite boys school founded by Ashley Pond in 1917

Manhattan Project - Enter the actual gate of the project's Santa Fe headquarters when Los Alamos was known as the Manhattan Project. Walk through "Life in the Secret City."

We also feature a Changing Exhibit Area that may showcase anything from Southwestern or World War II history.

For Kids

From searching for pottery shards to grinding corn to riding a horse like the boys from the Ranch School, the Los Alamos Historical Museum offers activities for children of all ages.

We also have a "treasure hunt" brochure available for school groups or individuals. Ask for the "green brochure" at the front desk.

Podcasts

Look for exhibition-related podcasts to enhance your visit.

Contact Us

For more information or other questions, please contact us by phone at 505-662-6272 or by e-mail at .

Museum Shop

Visit the Los Alamos Historical Museum Shop for a wide selection of Manhattan Project and World War II related books, as well as local outdoor guides, Southwestern cookbooks, and children's books. We also have science toys and other gift items for everyone on your list. The Museum Shop is tax free, and members of the Los Alamos Historical Society receive a 10 percent discount.

Other Area Attractions

Bradbury Science Museum

Fuller Lodge Art Center

Bandelier National Monument

Valles Caldera National Preserve

Where to Stay

From rustic Bed and Breakfasts to nationally-known hotel chains, here is a listing of local lodgings where you can rest your head.

Where to Eat

Los Alamos and White Rock offer a variety of dining choices, from spicey Southwestern fare to numerous Chinese restaurants. Click here for our community restaurant guide.

Keeping Los Alamos History Alive

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