Visitors Get the Best of Oak Ridge “Then” and “Now”

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Department of Energy’s 2008 Oak Ridge Facilities Public Bus Tour began June 2 and will continue through September 5, offering visitors a first-hand look at the DOE facilities located on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

The DOE Public Tour program began in 1996 and has welcomed more than 20,000 visitors from all 50 states since its inception. The 2½ hour bus tour travels across the entire Reservation, enabling visitors to learn about the magnificent historic past and present world-class missions of the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities.

The bus tour offers off-the-bus stops at the Y-12 New Hope Center, The Spallation Neutron Source, the Historic Graphite Reactor and the East Tennessee Technology Park

The reservation-wide bus tour continues to be a focal point for tourists who visit the area and offers a two-fold story, coupling visitors interest in seeing the current day, world-class science research and technology and environmental cleanup work, along with seeing first hand some of the sites and buildings that helped to shape history during the Manhattan Project and WWII.

The tour program is sponsored by the DOE Oak Ridge Office and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Y-12 Site Office. Tour partners include UT-Battelle, which operates the Oak Ridge National Laboratory; B&W Y-12, the contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex; Bechtel Jacobs, the Oak Ridge Environmental Management contractor; and the American Museum of Science and Energy.

Unites States citizens (ages 10 and up) can sign up on a first-come first-serve basis at AMSE beginning at 9 a.m., Monday-Friday, except for government holidays (July 3-4 and September 1). The tour departs AMSE, located at 300 South Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge, at 12 noon and concludes at 2:30 p.m.

The AMSE Admission is $5 per adult, $4 per senior citizen (65+), and $3 youth (ages 6-17), and includes the bus tour for U.S. citizens 10 years and up, who wish to register for the public bus tour, when paying the AMSE admission. If you require special accommodations to participate, please contact AMSE 48 hours in advance.

For more information, please call Lissa Clarke at AMSE at (865) 576-3218 or

DiAnn Fields of DOE at 865-574-3612.