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EBR-1 museum open for one weekend this summer

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Posted at 2:50 PM, Aug 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-06 16:50:42-04

BUTTE COUNTY, Idaho — For one weekend only this summer, the Experimental Breeder Reactor-1 Atomic Museum will be open to the public.

Completed in 1951, the breeder reactor is 50 miles west of Idaho Falls. It later became the first nuclear reactor to produce a usable amount of electricity. The museum was closed for all of 2020 and this is the only weekend that it will be open this summer.

EBR-1 was operated until late 1963 and decommissioned in 1964. It was dedicated as a National Historic Landmark on August 25, 1966, by President Lyndon Johnson and Glenn Seaborg, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.

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No reservations are necessary and there is no cost. The public can come to see the museum from Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks will be required inside the museum.

Download the TravelStorys app before you leave home, and it will give you an on-demand tour as you drive across the desert. If you have questions or want more information, click here.