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Experimental Breeder Reactor No. 1 (EBR-I) Atomic Museum

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Address: Arco, ID
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Astonishing Insight Into History of Nuclear Power

This museum, which is actually the first nuclear reactor built as a power plant, provides excellent insight into the development of nuclear power in the United States. For... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
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Eugene, Oregon
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviewed 21 March 2017

This museum, which is actually the first nuclear reactor built as a power plant, provides excellent insight into the development of nuclear power in the United States. For example, it was an eye-opener to learn that a breeder reactor is quite different from (and apparently much safer than) the reactors that actually got built across the U.S. It is really... More 

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Livermore, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

As a retiree from DOE, I just HAD to visit this site. Most of the hands-on exhibits to hold the grand-teens interest were not working, so I became the tour guide. The printed matter on the exhibits was sufficient for me to speak about but reading themselves did not hold the teens interest (so off checking their phones). For ME... More 

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Westville, Indiana
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

Our Western Road trip included this little gem. Only open Memorial Day to Labor Day, we lucked out that we were there on Labor Day. The admission is FREE! This is a National Historic Landmark in the middle of the high desert in Idaho, in the midst of the vast National Lab. It tells us the story of the first... More 

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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped at the reactor site with my wife on the later end of our honeymoon and had a blast!! It was great to see the inner workings of the reactor and read about the great accomplishments that were achieved. Really felt as though we were walking into the past! Great for history buffs!!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

We went out to see this site just because not many people can say they've walk through a nuclear power plant. And we can't either. Once we got out there we got to read the sign on the locked gate that said simply, "CLOSED FOR THE SEASON".

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Columbus
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4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 15 September 2016

EBR1 sits off the main road a good distance, and in the Idaho plains may not seem like much. Its a testament & memorial to our early days of Nuclear Power, and very educational to see where some of it actually happened.

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Shoreline, Washington
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

This was my second visit to the facility and even more interesting the second time. The persons conducting optional tours were knowledgeable. The facility is spotless. Young children would require monitoring for their safety but not to a great degree.

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Orem, Utah
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

If you're not paying attention you'll drive right by this place and when you get home and realize it you'll regret it. So much to read, learn and explore about nuclear energy. You can do a self guided tour or a guided tour.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

This place was pretty neat. It looks just as it did when it was active and we found it very fascinating. They have a stamp for your National Parks Passport and a free guided tour or a self guided tour. It's fun to find these little gems out in the middle of no where. You should check it out.

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Reviewed 26 August 2016

The first nuclear power plant in the world and very cool place to visit. You tour the entire facility and even stand on top of the original reactor. A great place to spend a few hours

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