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Idaho museum to open for nuclear reactor’s 65th anniversary

This May 11, 2015, file photo, shows an exterior view of the Hot Fuel Examination Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory, near Idaho Falls, Idaho. (Keith Ridler / AP)
This May 11, 2015, file photo, shows an exterior view of the Hot Fuel Examination Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory, near Idaho Falls, Idaho. (Keith Ridler / AP)

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Idaho National Laboratory is opening its Experimental Breeder Reactor-I Atomic Museum to celebrate 65 years since the reactor first made electricity.

The Post Register reported the museum, located 50 miles west of Idaho Falls, will open to visitors Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is typically only open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

The laboratory is marking the anniversary of the historic moment on Dec. 20, 1951, when nuclear power provided a generator with enough electricity to power four 200-watt light bulbs.

The reactor operated until 1963 and President Lyndon Johnson dedicated it as a Registered National Historic Landmark three years later.

The museum opened in 1975 and has since served more than 250,000 visitors.


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