The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History opened in 1969, chartered to provide a place to share the story of the Atomic Age. The museum explores early research, the Cold War era and today’s peaceful uses of nuclear technology to save lives utilizing nuclear science in medical applications and powering our world through commercial nuclear power generation.
In 2011, the museum partnered with nuclear industry leaders to hold the first Nuclear Science Week, which is now celebrated the third week of October each year. Local events are hosted throughout the week and this year, the National Event is hosted at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
At Duke Energy, we celebrate nuclear science every day. Our scientists, engineers and operators are dedicated to safely and reliably operating 11 reactors at six sites across the Carolinas. And they get plenty of help from technicians, specialists and support staff. The result is over 11,000 megawatts of clean, carbon-free electricity for our communities and customers.
During Nuclear Science Week, we also make special efforts to engage with our communities and share our love of all things nuclear! How can you learn more? One way is to visit one of our education centers such as the World of Energy at Oconee Nuclear Station, the EnergyExplorium at McGuire Nuclear Station or the Energy and Environmental Center at Harris Nuclear Plant. Teachers, students and neighbors – we have materials geared to a variety of nuclear interests. Contact your local plant today!