Welcome to the host page for resources, virtual programming and family fun to learn all about the MANHATTAN PROJECT NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK LOS ALAMOS SITE.
Scroll through to find local Los Alamos and virtual tours, a variety of presentations, articles and features to learn all about the Park during the Manhattan Project era to the present, with photos and links to guide you on your way!
Watch the Original Signing Ceremony
Watch the Panel Discussion Webinar held on the 5th Anniversary, November 10, 2020
Watch the Los Alamos Site Park Grand Opening & Veterans' Day Celebration, held November 11, 2015
Watch the "History of the Making of the Park" Webinar by Atomic Heritage Foundation Founder & President Cindy Kelly
The Atomic Heritage Foundation founder and President Cindy Kelly provides a retrospective on the making of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. In the 1990s, the Los Alamos National Laboratory slated its abandoned Manhattan Project buildings for demolition as part of a nationwide clean-up effort. At Kelly’s urging, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation decided to take a closer look. Seeing the dilapidated V-Site buildings, where the Gadget was developed in November 1997, one Council member exclaimed, “These are monumental in their lack of monumentality.”
Kelly recounts how the V-Site’s successful preservation at Los Alamos was the impetus for similar efforts at Hanford and Oak Ridge. However, preserving the Manhattan Project sites and creating a Manhattan Project National Historical Park was far from inevitable.
Like the Manhattan Project itself, the creation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park depended upon a great collaboration--from Congressional and government leaders, non-profit organizations, Manhattan Project veterans and individuals. Lots of lessons to be learned in persistence and partnerships!
Project Trinity - The Myth, The Legend, The Legacy
A lecture with Lab Historian Alan Carr
Join Los Alamos National Laboratory Historian Alan Carr as he reflects on the 75th Anniversary of the Trinity Test. Discover the stories of selecting and preparing the site, the experiments leading up to the test, its lasting legacy, and even why it was named "Trinity."
LANL "The Secret City: Project Y" App
Virtual & Local Los Alamos TOURS
Los Alamos History Museum Historic District Guided Tours - Monday-Friday at 10:00am and 1:30PM, and SATURDAYS at 11:00 am
Step inside the homestead-era Romero Cabin, visit an Ancestral Pueblo site, hear about the giants of 20th century physics who walked these streets, and learn how Bathtub Row got its name.
Tickets include museum admission and are available at the Los Alamos History Museum Shop. Tickets are sold until tours are filled. Tours last approximately an hour and a half. Call the Museum Shop ahead of time to confirm your tour schedule and make a reservation.
Ages 19 and over—$25
Ages 18 and under—FREE with a ticketed adult
Historic Hikes of Los Alamos, NM
Beyond Museum Walls - Los Alamos is surrounded by history! We invite you to walk in the footsteps of those who came before us as you explore historic sites in Los Alamos, NM.
The canyons and mesas in and around Los Alamos County are linked by over 150 miles of trails. Many of these trails tell a story of eras past. Get out and explore!
Learn as You Hike: Take a hike back in time on the Kwage Mesa Trail
Video Highlights of Fuller Lodge, the Historic Walking Tour, and Local Attractions
Take a visual tour of the Historic Women's Dormitory
During the Manhattan Project, several dormitories were built to house men, women and the Women's Army Corps (WAC). The construction drawings are dated April 1943 and the current address of the building is 1725 17th Street. This particular dormitory was a Women's Dorm. In the “Enabling Legislation for Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MAPR),” the eligible areas are defined for each site. For Los Alamos, “the former dormitory located at 1725 17th Street” is specifically noted. In the MAPR Foundation Document (January 2017), the Women's Dormitory was identified in the related resources at Los Alamos as “park-eligible in the park legislation but not within the current park boundary.” Basically, the Dormitory is park-eligible but is currently not in the park. The County acquired the building and lot in 2019 from the Los Alamos Christian Science Society. The County is currently in the process of renovating this historic building and turning it into a visitor center for the National Park Service.
Who is the WAC? - The Women’s Army Corps (WAC) was the women’s branch of the U.S. Army. The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was established "for the purpose of making available to the national defense the knowledge, skill, and special training of women of the nation." On July 1, 1943, WAAC was given active duty status, becoming WAC.
Over 400 WACs served in the Manhattan District, primarily at the three major sites: Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, and Hanford. Hanford had the smallest group of WACs, and Los Alamos had the largest group.
Go Behind the Fence at Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory created a virtual tour of Manhattan Project National Historical Park sites that are “behind the fence” at the Laboratory.
DR. J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER HOUSE
ABOUT THE PARK: History
"A Sense of Place"
"A Sense of Place" is a documentary video produced by the Atomic Heritage Foundation in 2006 that provides a tour of the properties that are part of new Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Los Alamos.
Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize-winner author of the “Making of the Atomic Bomb,” explains how discovery of fission in late 1938 led to a race to create an atomic weapon in World War II. A student at the Los Alamos Boys Ranch School in 1942, Sterling Colgate recalls recognizing J. Robert Oppenheimer who was visiting the campus incognito because of his porkpie hat. First-hand accounts by Nobel Laureate Hans Bethe and other physicists give audiences a sense of what it was like to work on the project. Phil Morrison describes the laboratory in August 1944 as “intense concern, intensity of work, intensity of hope, intensity of wonder.”
Voices of the Manhattan Project
Our online collection features 600 audio/visual interviews with Manhattan Project workers and their families, including J. Robert Oppenheimer, General Leslie R. Groves, Glenn Seaborg, Hans and Rose Bethe, George and Vera Kistiakowsky, and many more.
"Voices" includes interviews with some of the men who flew on the atomic bombing missions. Our "Voices from Japan" section includes interviews with atomic bomb survivors, the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and experts on the bombings and their impacts.
"Voices of the Manhattan Project" is a joint project by the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the Los Alamos Historical Society to create a public archive of our oral history collections of Manhattan Project veterans and their families.
This rich collection features little-known stories from employees, passed down through generations.
Women and Minority Communities and the Manhattan Project
African-Americans and the Manhattan Project
African Americans played important, though often overlooked, roles on the Manhattan Project. Black workers, many striving to escape Jim Crow laws and the drought that devastated rural farming communities following the Great Depression, joined the project in the thousands. While some worked as scientists and technicians in Chicago and New York, most African Americans on the project were employed as construction workers, laborers, janitors, and domestic workers at Oak Ridge and Hanford.
The Ranger in Your Pocket series has 21 short videos about the experiences of African-Americans in the Manhattan Project. The series is organized under four headings: “The Great Migration,” “On the Job,” “Race Relations” and “After the War,” and features interviews with participants, experts and documentary photos.
Hispanos in Los Alamos
Although frequently omitted from official histories, Hispanos have served in pivotal positions at Los Alamos since its inception. In 1942, the federal government took over the Los Alamos Ranch School for the top-secret Manhattan Project laboratory. Short of laborers, the Army Corps of Engineers soon recruited the neighboring Hispanos to help build the laboratory and residences for what would become known as Los Alamos.
Native Americans and the Manhattan Project
The Los Alamos area was home to several Pueblo communities. The Pueblos trace their heritage to the Ancestral Pueblo people, whose civilization began in 1200 BC and eventually extended over much of the Southwest. The San Ildefonso Pueblo was the nearest to the project site. Its community was small and steeped in tradition. Many of its residents were avid potters, a cultural art that had been practiced there for millennia. The arrival of the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos in 1943 was believed to be a temporary "interference" by outsiders into northern New Mexico. Instead, the "lab on the Hill" has become a permanent reality for the region.
Women and the Bomb
Women played a very important role in varying aspects of the Manhattan Project. However, because both the military and upper echelons of the scientific community were male dominated, the role of women was often overshadowed. Women participated in both a civilian and a military capacity. Civilian women worked as nurses, physicists, engineers, machine operators, maids, runners, drivers, chemists, typists, filers, doctors, inspectors, researchers, teachers, veterinarians, cryptographers, draftswomen, pipe-fitters, glass blowers, secretaries, and gauge watchers. In most instances they were over-worked and under-paid compared to their male counterparts. Although most of the women were white, there were Hispanic, Native American and African-American women involved.