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.
Visit the Museum Campus
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, includes the Harold Agnew Cold War Gallery, exhibits highlighting 70+ years of post-World War II history of the Los Alamos community and the laboratory. Visitors 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.
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.
Rotating Exhibit Gallery
The Rotating Exhibit Gallery showcases a diversity of changing exhibits about people, place, and community life on the Pajarito Plateau. Through photographs, artifacts, artwork, and story, visitors will learn about the unique histories and world changing experiences that continue to shape Los Alamos history.
J. Robert Oppenheimer: Photographs From His Life, 1904 – 1967 May 2–August 2018
The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committeewas established in 1971 to honor the memory of J. Robert Oppenheimer. The Committee sponsors a yearly memorial lecture and awards scholarships to selected students from high schools in Los Alamos, Pojoaque and Santa Fe.
Municipal Building Exhibit
100 Central Avenue, Main Lobby The Municipal Building Gallery houses smaller exhibits highlighting stories from Los Alamos’s past. These exhibits are generally on view for six months. The Municipal Building is open 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Pierotti's Clowns: Creating Community June–December 2018
Visit this exhibit to learn about the celebrated accomplishments of Pierotti’s Clowns and how this five-man, fast-pitch softball team shaped the development of Los Alamos with their athletic skill, charming clowning, and philanthropy.
We have a special website set up for this exhibit. Click hereto learn more about Pierotti's Clowns and share your memories of the team.
Nobel Heroes Portraits by Peter Badge January 12 - April 27, 2018
About the Artist Peter Badge was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1974 and began his career as a freelance artist and photographer in 1993. He moved to Berlin in 1995 to study art history and has been living and working there since. Choosing portraiture as his primary focus, Badge concentrates on noted personalities that include scientists and politicians, artists and actors, musicians and photographers.
About the Exhibit Since 1943, Los Alamos has served as a remarkable gathering place for genius, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory has hosted countless groundbreaking discoveries that have transformed the way we see the world. In fact, over the years more than two dozen Nobel Prize winners have been associated with or worked at the laboratory.
The portraits were the work of German photographer Peter Badge. To date, Peter has photographed well over 400 Nobel Laureates, capturing the unique personality of each. His effort began in 2000 with a small portraiture project commissioned by a number of renowned organizations including the Smithsonian Institution and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Since then, the project has been based with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and has evolved into a long-term mission that will be celebrated in Los Alamos.
“It is such an honor to showcase the portraits of Nobel Laureates in the place where so many of them lived and conducted research that has also delivered tremendous value to society,” said Badge. The historic Hans Bethe House was home to two Nobel Prize winners during the Manhattan Project. A gallery in the house, known as the Nobel Nook, features Fred Reines’ Nobel Prize and tells the stories of two dozen Nobel Prize winners associated with Los Alamos.
This exhibit was sponsored byMars, Incorporated; the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings; and the Los Alamos Historical Society.
The Los Alamos Historical Society preserves, promotes, and communicates the remarkable history and inspiring stories of Los Alamos and its people for our community, for the global audience, and for future generations.