Bradbury Science Museum

History Gallery

Most of our visitors begin their visit in the History Gallery to learn how Los Alamos National Laboratory began.

Statues of Dr. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves, perhaps the two most famous personalities of the Manhattan Project, greet you as you enter the era that led to the development of the world's first atomic bomb. The impending conflict that darkened Europe in the late 1930s at first cast no shadow on the sunny Pajarito Plateau in northern New Mexico. But soon World War II shook the entire world. Los Alamos, once the site of a boys' ranch school, became the focus of secret efforts to develop an entirely new weapon, one that derived its power from the splitting of atomic nuclei.

The History Gallery features

  • A time line above the display showing the world events that formed the background of the Manhattan Project
  • Newspaper headlines announcing world events
  • Videos that tell the story of life at Los Alamos before and during the Manhattan Project
  • Photos, documents, and objects illustrating life in Los Alamos during the intense years when an international team of scientists raced to build the bomb.

To learn more about the Laboratory's history, see the 50th anniversary website .

Bandelier National Monument

More of Bandelier National Monument To Reopen

Sections of Bandelier National Monument reopened to the public on Friday, July 15, 2011. More of the park will reopen on Monday, September 26, 2011 (see list below for what's open when) . MUCH of the park will remain CLOSED for the foreseeable future. The Las Conchas Fire, which began on June 26, burned over 60% of the park and altered much of the park landscape.

What's Open at Bandelier Now

Currently Open (9/18/11)
Trail at the Tsankawi Section
Burnt Mesa Trail
Tyuonyi Overlook Trail
Juniper Campground

Los Alamos Historical Museum

History Museums 1921 Juniper St Los Alamos, NM 87544 505 662 4493

Reel Deal Theater

The Reel Deal Theater is a family owned and operated independent movie theater located in Los Alamos, New Mexico at 2551 Central Avenue. In operation since December 2003, this theater is a state of the art facility committed to the community of Los Alamos. Dolby digital and stereo surround sound enhances enjoyment of our first-run and other film offerings. Our concession stand offers the standard fare (with delicious popcorn) and specialty food items. Special events may be planned by contacting the theater manager for rental.


The Tsankawi section of Bandelier National Monument is located on State Highway 4 twelve miles from the main section of the park. At Tsankawi you take a 1.5 mile walk along a mesa, viewing cavates, petroglyphs and the Ancestral Pueblo village of Tsankawi. Ladders are a required part of this trail. The trail is very exposed to the elements and should not be taken during localized thunderstorms. Cold, snowy weather can make the trail slippery so extra care should be taken when visiting in winter. Unfortunately, Tsankawi is not the easiest place to find. •Coming from Santa Fe you'll turn from State Highway 502 to State Highway 4. Less than 1/4 of a mile past this turn Tsankawi will be located on the left hand side of the road. There are no signs for Tsankawi on Highway 4. If you get to the stoplight, you've gone too far. A large gravel parking area adjacent to the highway and a sign on the fence will indicate you've found the place. •Coming from Bandelier, Tsankawi is much easier to find. Just past the 3rd stoplight, the gravel parking lot for Tsankawi will be on your right-hand side.

White Rock Overlook Park

My family and I stopped here on our way from Bandalier National Park and on our way to Los Alamos to spend the night. Our guidebook recommended it and we're so glad we stopped! It's only a five minute detour off of the road, but well worth it. No matter where you look, you see the river in it's natural state - without road signs, without bridges, without houses or buildings hindering the view. There is a platform to stand on or for the more daring person, you can walk out onto the boulders. When standing on the platform, make sure you turn completely around and view the tall, but thin waterfall coming down off the cliff. Shortly after our trip, my mother took a group tour of the American Southwest. I suggested that they make a quick stop here to see the views and the river since it would be their only time to see the Rio Grande (you can't come to New Mexico and not see the Rio Grande!). She and the group LOVED it, and their guide stated that she's going to incoorporate a stop to the Overlook in next year's trip! Though the parking lot is large enough for even a bus, there were only two other people there when we visiting the site. I don't think it's heavily visited.

Black Hole Museum

Museums, Speciality Shops 4015 Arkansas Los Alamos, NM

Don Quixote Distillery & Winery

236 Rio Bravo Drive Los Alamos, NM 87544 (505) 695-0817

Pajarito Ski Mountain

With more than 280 acres of ski-able acreage and 37 named trails of varying skill levels, this ski area is ideal whether you're a beginner or expert on the slopes

Los Alamos weather essentials Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas 397 Camp May Road Los Alamos, NM 87544 888-662-7669

Frijoles Canyon

Canyon in the Bandelier National Monument offering spectacular scenic beauty and ancient ruins.