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AMSE top have soft opening Oct. 1st; grand opening celebration Oct. 18th

The new American Museum of Science and Energy at Main Street Oak Ridge will have a grand opening ceremony on October 18, but the museum itself will reopen to the public in its new location on a limited schedule on October 1st.

AMSE is planning to open the new location in phases to ease the transition to its new home near JCPenney at Main Street Oak Ridge, and will reopen its doors to the public October 1st with weekday hours from 9 am to 5 pm.

Full public operating hours will resume after the grand opening. The U.S. Department of Energy public bus tours will begin at the new museum starting October 1. Those tours have been departing from the New Hope Center at Y-12 since late July when the former museum site on South Tulane Avenue closed.

The new facility will operate seven days a week beginning October 18:

  • Monday: 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

The ceremony will welcome visitors to the new location on the northeast side of Main Street Oak Ridge, near JCPenney. The new 18,000-square-foot space will include a newly designed exhibit gallery featuring state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, as well as a lecture hall and classroom facilities,

Exhibits in the new AMSE fall within one of five major categories: energy leadership, big science, national security, environmental restoration, and the Manhattan Project.

Attracting approximately 65,000 visitors a year, AMSE is considered a top tourist attraction in the Oak Ridge/Knoxville area. The museum has played a central role in telling the story of Oak Ridge’s involvement in the Manhattan Project during World War II.

For more, visit www.amse.org.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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