General FAQs

Do admission tickets need to be purchased in advance?

While admission purchases can be made in advance online, they are not required to visit the museum. Upon arrival, guests are welcome to purchase their admission tickets at our front desk.

Where is the Museum located?

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is at 601 Eubank at Southern Blvd. SE, six blocks south of Central Ave in Albuquerque. We are east of Kirtland Air Force Base and in the Sandia Science and Technology Park. The exit off of Interstate 40 is #165. Our zip code is 87123. The phone number is (505) 245-2137.

What are the hours of operation?

The museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Is photography allowed inside the museum?

Yes. Photography and videography for personal use are permitted in the museum. Please refrain from recording images of other visitors without their permission. The museum operates closed-circuit video monitoring for the safety of the exhibits and the public.

Does the Museum have a weapons policy?

Yes. The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is located on federal property. The Museum restricts visitors from carrying firearms and weapons while on Museum property. Weapons include but are not limited to guns, knives, swords, explosives, and any chemical whose purpose is to cause harm to another person.

Are masks mandatory to wear within the museum?

As of February 17, 2022, the mandatory mask mandate in New Mexico was lifted, and masks are no longer required within the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

Is the Museum handicapped accessible?

The museum has a limited supply of complimentary wheelchairs available on a first-come, first-served basis. Public entrances and most exhibit areas are accessible by wheelchair, scooter, stroller, and walker.

Are service animals welcome?

Service animals and well-behaved dogs/cats are welcome at the Museum but must always remain on a leash/harness. You must clean up after your pet.

What is the mission of the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History?

The mission of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is to serve as America’s resource for nuclear history and science. The Museum presents exhibits and quality educational programs that convey the diversity of individuals and events that shape the historical and technical context of the nuclear age.

The museum strives to tell the story of the atomic age, from early research of nuclear development to today’s peaceful technology uses. The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is Albuquerque's only Smithsonian Affiliate Museum. Congress chartered it in 1991 as the official Atomic Museum of the United States. It is nationally accredited through the American Alliance of Museums.

The Museum is also a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers. It is a non-profit 501(c)3 operated by the National Atomic Museum Foundation. The museum hosts approximately 68,000 guests worldwide and presents programs to approximately 10,000 children each year. The Museum runs a science summer camp program within the state, with 300 day campers learning about robotics, flight, engineering, medicine, and general science.