Visiting ORNL



Public Tours

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Public Bus Tour departs the American Museum of Science and Energy Mondays through Fridays at noon. The 2013 tour runs three hours on weekdays from June 4 through September 30. Tours will not run July 4 and 5.

The tour makes stops at the New Hope Center at the Y-12 Plant, the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Historic Graphite Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a drive around the old K-25 Plant. The tour is open to U.S. citizens 10 years of age and older and is offered primarily for visitors who have a nontechnical interest in the DOE facilities. More than 21,000 people from all 50 states have taken this tour since its inception in 1996.

For more information, please go to or call 865.576.3200.

Other Tours

Special-guided, general orientation, and other "customized" tours also are offered primarily for educational groups, which are interested in learning more about the history, current missions, and research and development at ORNL. Advance registration is required, and participation is limited to U.S. citizens. Other restrictions apply as well. For more information about the tour programs, contact Barbara Penland (, 865.574.3664).

The American Museum of Science and Energy, 300 South Tulane Avenue, in downtown Oak Ridge chronicles the World War II Manhattan Project that created the secret city of Oak Ridge, provides interactive exhibits on fossil fuel and alternative energy sources and live demonstrations that demonstrate basic science principles for all ages. There is a nominal admission charge. Allow two hours for the self-guided tour for the two levels of exhibits. The AMSE, a Smithsonian Affiliate Program Participant, is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Visit the museum website for updated information on museum programs, events, exhibits and membership. To schedule a group visit contact AMSE ( or, 865.576.3200).


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