Y-12 is open for visitors again - I was there Sept 13, 2022. The portion that is open to the public is just inside the doors of the New Hope Center at Y-12. This place is definitely worth a stop when surveying the history of the Manhattan Project in Oakridge, but if you don’t have time for both, I’d see K-25 instead. Either way, i’s helpful to get an orientation from the park ranger at the NPS visitor center (inside the Oakridge Children’s museum) first. The Google maps instructions are right for finding the New Hope Center - but be aware that you will be staying to the left and continuing straight when you see signs pointing to the right for the entrance to Y-12 (do NOT turn into the gate for the secure Y-12 area; instead continue straight as per the Google maps instructions to get to the ‘New Hope Center’ public visiting area.) The main display area small is small but has a good amount of info. There is a supplemental display area just past the security desk that you can also visit.
The New Hope Center has a lot of history and is a great place to visit. I completed my New Hire orientation here and will have to visit many times in the future for my job. Very secure place and very helpful.
Great place to learn about the history of nuclear power and weapons. Sorry can't add any photos not allowed to use the camera. Be on the lookout for food trucks, today was Soup Kitchen. As always they have great soups, chili and salad. There is a different truck on most days.
Should be more informative than it is. Seems like an afterthought. If time is limited go to k-25.
Website is inaccurate, the museum is closed to tourist. Don’t waste your time. According to K-25 employees, unless you are on a bus tour, you will never be able to enter this location as a tourist. Website very inaccurate, go to the K-25 location instead. K-25 is tourist friendly.
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