Los Alamos History Museum Campus
Los Alamos has a dynamic and distinguished history of transforming lives and changing the world. Situated on a majestic plateau, Los Alamos embodies the spirit of innovation, scientific integrity, a deep concern about people and community, and a passion for history, education, and the arts. Los Alamos serves as a catalyst for significant discourse about civil society and world peace.
A museum visit begins in the restored Los Alamos Ranch School Guest Cottage where exhibits take visitors from the Pajarito Plateau’s Ancestral Pueblo people to its homestead history, through the Ranch School era, and ultimately into the Manhattan Project.
The Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row houses the Harold Agnew Cold War Gallery, with exhibits highlighting 70+ years of post-World War II history of the Los Alamos community and the laboratory. You will see scientist profiles, a Nobel Prize display, key awards for scientific excellence, information about Los Alamos as a model community for civil defense, and a replica of a Cold War Los Alamos living room.
On your walk between the Guest Cottage and the Hans Bethe House, stop by the Romero Cabin and the Ancestral Pueblo site. Ancestors of modern Pueblo people built the Ancestral Pueblo site around 800 years ago. Today, you can see the original footprints of the rooms and kiva built from carefully hand-cut tuff, the volcanic rock that makes up the Pajarito Plateau.
A visit to the Romero Cabin is a 100-year step back in time—one of only three remaining area homestead cabins and the only one open to the public. Experience a bygone way of life and learn why homesteading on this plateau differed from anywhere else in the country. Open occasionally.
The Los Alamos History Museum is supported and maintained by the Los Alamos Historical Society, which is responsible for historical collections, document and photo archives, outreach, and educational programming. The Society is an educational partner with the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.