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Experimental Breeder Reactor-1 Museum

U.S. Highway 20-26, Arco, Idaho USA

Free
Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Fri 9a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“the world's first nuclear power plant!”

The world's first nuclear power plant, Experimental Breeder Reactor #1 (EBR1), came online December 20th, 1951, Arco, Idaho, making it the first city ever to have its lights lit by nuclear power a few years later. A partial meltdown and some sixty years later, the old reactor is now an easily missed roadside museum.

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Reviewed by
Robsen

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
September 19, 2016

Oppening Time Memorial Day till Labor Day!

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Reviewed by
OntheroadwithDave4122

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
September 22, 2016
Rated 5.0

Stop by even if it is closed. The outdoor displays on the first atomic powered aircraft engine are fascinating.

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Craig Single

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  • 4 Helpful
July 09, 2018

Definitely worth the visit. Free and lots of hands on learning for kids (and adults).

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MiriamPayne

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  • 0 Helpful
July 05, 2018
Rated 5.0

Wow. Seriously, wow. This place is SO cool! The history of nuclear power is preserved here with an excellent self-guided tour. There is also a guided tour that didn’t line up with our arrival time, but from what we overheard was also excellent.

Basically, you get to walk around a nuclear power plant, check out all the machinery, and learn a ton about nuclear science...all while flicking the switches and turning the cranks of a lot of 1950s machinery. If you’re anywhere near this place, it’s a must see!

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Experimental Breeder Reactor-1 Museum

U.S. Highway 20-26
Arco, Idaho
USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • Yes Parking
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