LOS ALAMOS, NM—June 21, 2013—Los Alamos, New Mexico’s Bradbury Science Museum has been named one of the top 10 “Best Science Museums” to visit in the United States by American Mensa. Mensa is an internationally recognized high-IQ society that provides a forum for intellectual exchange. Mensa members reside in more than 100 countries around the world.

Bradbury Science Museum was ranked fifth in a list of the top science museum as nominated by educators and scientists who are also Mensa members. Among other factors, having a variety of exhibits and hands-on learning activities were some of the considerations members noted when voting for the best museum. The most common feature that respondents looked for; however, was interactive elements.

“The Bradbury Science Museum has over 40 interactive exhibits to help visitors explore the world of science, engineering, math and technology, said Bradbury Science Museum Director, Linda Deck. “Some are computer simulations and animations; others are hands-on ‘try it for yourself’ puzzles and games. We know people learn in a variety of ways, and this gives plenty of opportunities for all.”

“Our nation’s science museums are a treasure for families looking for ways to keep bright minds active all year round,” said Mensa Gifted Youth Specialist, Lisa Van Gemert.

Along with Bradbury Science Museum, other science museums that also made the list were, in order of ranking: National Air and Space Museum (Washington); Academy of Natural Science Museum of Drexel University (Philadelphia); Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago); California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco); Arkansas Museum of Discovery (Little Rock, Ark.)’ California Science Center (Los Angeles); Exploratorium (San Francisco); Museum of Science (Boston); and Center of Science and Industry (Columbus, Ohio).

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In celebration of its 70th year, Bradbury Museum is offering a number of fascinating lectures which demystify many of the mysteries surrounding World War II. On July 10 at 5:30 p.m., hear from UNM Professor Noel Pugach about why President Harry Truman chose to use atomic bombs. Then on Aug. 14, LANL historian emeritus Roger Meade will focus on the person behind Captain William “Deak” Parsons, the Enola Gay’s weaponeer.

As part of Los Alamos’ “Downtown Friday Nights” events taking place every other Friday in the summer (June 28, July 12, and July 26), Bradbury Science Museum will host “What’s in a Click? The Wonders of High Speed Imaging” on June 25 at 5 p.m. Find out in what capacity LANL is using high speed cameras; what scientists discover by using them; and advances you never thought possible.

Bradbury Science Museum will also be opening two new exhibits on Nanotechnology and Algae Biofuels on Friday, July 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. Nanotechnology can be described, simply, as the ability to see and control individual atoms and molecules for use in a number of fields including chemistry, biology, physics, and much more. Algae Biofuels are a means of replacing fossil fuels with algae as a renewable resource to make biodiesel fuel.

The evening will be filled with talks and demonstrations in celebration of the grand opening of the two new exhibits. Admission is free.

Bradbury Science Museum is open Sundays and Mondays from 1 to 5 p.m.; and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information please visit www.lanl.gov/museum or call 505-667-4444.

 About Bradbury Science Museum

Celebrating its 70th year in 2013, Bradbury Museum was originally created in 1953 by Robert Krohn to house historical weapons-research artifacts along with unclassified exhibits featuring World War II-era documents, photographs and memorabilia. Today, there are 40 interactive exhibits housed in the museum which offer the public an in-depth and interactive exploration of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

 The Bradbury Museum offers a range of exhibits on the Laboratory’s history, its national security mission, and the broad range of exciting science research and technology and engineering, including achievements in space science, energy, genomics, computing, medicine, and more. Entrance into the museum has always been free, drawing an estimated 80,000 visitors each year. The museum is owned by Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL).