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Published: 02/25/2008
Jeanette Miller, 505-245-2137, ext. 102

General Contractor Secured for New National Museum of Nuclear Science and History Project

Albuquerque, NM -- The National Atomic Museum is preparing for a “moving” experience. Site preparations have begun at the new site of the Museum in southeast Albuquerque and the firm of MV Industries Inc. has been chosen to provide the construction management services for the project.

The facility and new name of the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History will reflect the exhibits and artifacts of both the technical side of nuclear science and its historical development. The $10.5 million project will be completed in early 2009.
The 30,000 square-foot museum building will be situated on 12 acres on the southwest corner of Eubank and Southern Boulevards, adjacent to the Sandia Science and Technology Park in southeast Albuquerque.  The facility will house 13 permanent major exhibits, along with 1,400 square feet for changing exhibits. The museum will utilize nine acres surrounding the building for displaying its large historical aircraft and military vehicle collection. The architectural firm of Studio SW Architects designed the project. 

“The Museum has a bright future ahead,” said Jim Walther, Museum Director. “The new museum has found a super location for its new home and we look forward to getting to know our new neighbors.”  

Senator Domenici has been instrumental in developing Federal support for the museum project; the State of New Mexico has also contributed towards the building fund project. Other major contributors and donors are AREVA, Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Security LLC, PNM, Medi-Nuclear Corporation, and LES, and Uranium Resources, Inc.

A capital campaign is underway to assist with needed funding for the project. Donors may purchase an “element” of the periodic table, which will be installed in granite in the foyer of the new building, as well as other sponsor aspects of the museum.

The museum currently operates in Old Town Albuquerque. The new museum will continue to be a Smithsonian Affiliate. For further information, visit

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