Once a month we will update you with snapshots of the many exciting things happening at AMSE and the K-25 History Center. Please read the sections below and click on the links provided to find more information, and thanks as always for your support of our museums.

We hope to see you soon and often.















It’s always fun to visit our museums, but this month will be even more so!  On February 24, AMSE will debut a new special exhibit about the early evolution of video games.  The ribbon cutting for that exhibit, done in partnership with the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, will take place at 11:00 am that day.  Then, that night, we will host our second AMSE Board Game Night from 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm. Games that in some way help illustrate STEM topics will be featured.  Game night, paired with the video game exhibit, will give us the opportunity to show science and engineering in action, and to engage with visitors who might not yet understand how fun STEM can be.  A game of Operation, or a spirited competition with Shut the Box, might

AMSE and K-25 History Center Director:

Alan Lowe

just help create a world-class surgeon and a groundbreaking mathematician.  Or perhaps a future science museum director!  Please make plans to join us, and thanks as always for your support of the AMSE Foundation. 


On February 11th we will have a booth set up at the Dogwood Arts Home and Garden show at the Knoxville Convention Center. We will have some terrific giveaways and as always lots of science things to share. 

Bleeding Hearts unite and give. On February 14th AMSE will host Medic Regional Blood Center for a Valentine’s Day blood drive. Donors will receive some great gifts and free admission to the museum. 

Mark your calendars for Feb 24th and a day of games! At 11:00 am we will open our new Electronic Game Exhibition in the Innovators’ Gallery titled, “Let’s Play! An exhibition of electronic games”. Later that evening we will be hosting our second Family Game Night from 5 – 7:30pm. Members are admitted for free, guest admission will be five dollars. 

Save the Date: On April 22nd we will host our annual AMSEF Gala at the Doubletree Hotel in Oak Ridge.  This year sees the premier of our AMSE Excellence Award, as well as an exciting art contest.  It will be a lively, fun night – please come support our important mission

Summer Camp

As NASA prepares to return to the Moon the American Museum of Science and Energy’s 2023 Summer Camp will explore and share what it’s like to survive in space and Martian terrain.  

“To the Moon and Beyond” will allow campers to explore and immerse themselves in hands-on experiments and experiences to replicate the astronaut experience. Special guests, exciting experiences, captivating experiments, NASA trained instructors, and so much more! 

Camp will be at the American Museum of Science and Energy from June 19th to 23rd from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. The cost will be $200 for non-members and $175 for members. There are a limited number of spaces available for this year's camp as there are some unique surprises on the schedule. 



Coming this April!

Registration will be opening soon.

Beginning April 2023: DOE Public Facilities Bus Tours. These tours are currently being planned and scheduled, with volunteer training beginning in mid-March. If you are interested in this one-of-a-kind tour and sharing the incredible history and scientific progress of the region, please reach out to learn more. 

If you have ever thought about volunteering, now is the time! Please contact Tony at tschnadelbach@amse.org to learn more about our volunteer opportunities. 


Are you interested in welcoming guests from around the world to Oak Ridge? What about sharing the history and science behind our city? Look no more because we have volunteer roles for you! 2023 is upon us and what better way to get involved during the new year than volunteering at AMSE. We have volunteer roles available at the following: 

America Museum of Science and Energy (115 Main Street East, Oak Ridge, TN) and the K-25 History Center (652 Enrichment Street, Oak Ridge, TN).

4-hour long shifts are available throughout the week at both sites. Monday-Saturday: 9am-Noon and 1-5pm, as well as Sunday from 1-5pm. There are some after hour needs available related to public programs too

With quite a few events stacking on the calendar we would like to encourage our volunteers to find an opportunity to help us reach the public through one of the many programs and events.


If you’d like to catch a glimpse of the opening of the James Webb Space Telescope and Deep Space exhibit follow this link. New exhibit at AMSE focuses on James Webb Telescope 


This contest is free to enter! We would like to thank our community partners for spreading the word about this contest. AMSE has already received several submissions from within the scientific community and a number from Oak Ridge community schools. You have got to agree that an event where Ph.D’s and visionary Middle Schoolers are equals in their artistic interpretation, things are going to be stupendous! Special thanks to Jim Dodson for getting some of our student artists together. Educators of all backgrounds and vocations are the backbone of encouraging and inspiring the next generation of big thinkers.

Check out the link or

more information: 


Check out the link or more information: https://amse.org/art-contest-2022 

All entries should be directed to the attention of Cindy Lemons and must be submitted by March 1, 2023, along with the entry form. Email Cindy for additional information at clemons@amse.org Submissions must be brought or sent to the American Museum of Science and Energy at 115 Main Street East, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830. 


Scout troops 73 & 705 from Norris completed the nuclear science merit badge today.  AMSE has offered this challenging merit badge to scout troops from over 8 states.  Scouts investigate how ionizing radiation is affected by time, distance & shielding using Geiger counters.


STEM of History

The STEM of History (SOH) is a podcast produced by the American Museum of Science and Energy Foundation (AMSEF) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee with funding support from Humanities Tennessee and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This series examines the intersection of science with history. It focuses on tracing how scientific inquiry is interpreted in the historical record, and in turn, the impact of historical analysis to informing scientific inquiry. 

This fascinating glimpse into how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) has been present throughout history shows no great feat has ever been accomplished without the aid of these four key elements. Listen to an amazing list of guests and contributors in original interviews “talk shop” about how the world goes round and attempts to improve itself with every spin. 

The STEM of HISTORY has been developed with a generous grant from Humanities Tennessee and the National Endowment for the Humanities. https://amse.org/stem-of-history/ 


You are not going to find a cooler, classic dude than Bert the Turtle.

Order yours today!


[Rn] 5f3 6d1 7s2 (A Photography Exhibition of Uranium Enrichment of Oak Ridge) is now available for viewing at the K-25 History Center.



Race to Space

Join the American Museum of Science and Energy's exciting virtual "Race to Space" and receive a custom t-shirt. This race encourages everyone to walk or run to the International Space Station virtually. As participants log and report distances to AMSE, we will send out fun 3D printed medals at each atmospheric milestone. The race is completed at the participant’s pace.

Did you know you could walk Oak Ridge’s North Boundary Greenway once

(about 12.7 miles) to earn your Troposphere medal (reach 10 miles)? Explore

an older part of Oak Ridge and stop by AMSE’s sister Museum, the K-25

History Center just down the road. Or explore the Ijams Nature Center and

walk the Gravel Rd, Hayworth Hollow, and Imerys Trails to be on your way to

earning your Troposphere medal.

We encourage folks to get to know our Race to Space sponsor,GEM Technologies, Inc., and visit our Race to Space partners, the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department and the Ijams Nature Center.

Race to Space Registration

The 300: The Inside Story of the Missile Defenders Guarding America Against

Nuclear Attack

by Daniel Wasserbly

Listen Now

SPONSORED BY AMSE is very proud to have Terra Integras, LLC. as a sponsor for AMSE’s Online Book Club! We sincerely appreciate their support, and we hope that all of you join the book club and check out the amazing things going on at Terra Integras. 

AMSE is proud to partner with the Oak Ridge Public Library, Clinton Public Library, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries, and the Manhattan Project National Historical Park for our online Book Club.

We encourage our Book Club members to visit AMSE’s online “The Discovery Shop” to buy this month’s book or borrow a copy from our Oak Ridge Public Library or Clinton Public Library partners.  


Why? Seriously, being a member of

the ASTC Travel Passport Program

gives members free general admission

to participating science centers and

museums outside their local area. Join

the savviest of science-loving families

and adults and visit more than 350

science centers and museums in 20

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AMSE Membership holder you also

can get huge discounted rates at ANY

Smithsonian Affiliate Museum. 

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Created in the midst of the pandemic

and supported by initial funding from

our partners at ORNL, our virtual,

hands-on classes have been recognized by the Tennessee Association of Museums with a Certificate of Excellence. Since we began offering these innovative classes, nearly 700 students have taken part. Our original topics are States of Matter, Electricity, Bees and Pollination. The newly established 117 Society allows each member to donate one of the original, virtual hands-on Periodic Table classes we are creating to a school of the member’s choice,

free of charge. There will be a Periodic

Table class for middle school students, and another appropriate for high school students. These classes will be available starting in the fall of 2022. 

Please consider a gift to the American Museum of Science and Energy Foundation (AMSEF), a 501(c)(3) organization. Last year was a big year for AMSEF – we proudly operate both the American Museum of Science and Energy and the K-25 History Center. We need your help to ensure the success of both those wonderful institutions and to help us accomplish our vital mission of STEAM education. 

There are many ways to give – please consider a one-time gift, an individual or family membership, or becoming part of our new 117 Society.  Or you can always send your gifts to 115 Main St. East, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you often in 2022 at AMSE and the K-25 History Center. 

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American Museum of Science and Energy

& K-25 History Center

Monday through Saturday:

9AM – 5PM


1PM – 5PM

AMSE address:

115 Main Street East

Oak Ridge, TN 37830.

K-25 address:

652 Enrichment Street,

Oak Ridge, TN 37830

You can always reach us by calling

+1 (865) 294-4531 or emailing us at


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Come see us soon at AMSE and the K-25 History Center!

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