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Bradbury Science Museum turns 50

SANTA FE, N.M. — The Bradbury Science Museum marks its 50th anniversary Wednesday with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. at 1350 Central Ave. in downtown Los Alamos.

“For 50 years, the Bradbury Science Museum’s mission has been to foster enthusiasm and support for science and engineering, and a better understanding of the mission and work of the Laboratory,” said Linda Deck, Bradbury Museum director. “We’ve had such great support from the Laboratory and the community, and we look forward to working with both of them in the future.”

The museum was originally founded in 1954 by Robert Krohn, but was classified a museum when it first opened. In 1963, Robert Porton convinced then Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Director Norris Bradbury to open the unclassified museum. The museum moved to its present location in 1993.

At the reception, Katy Korkos from the Los Alamos County Chamber of Commerce will talk about the importance of having the museum in its downtown location, and what it does for the community and local businesses. Glenn McDuff of the Laboratory’s Surety Systems Engineering group will share a few anecdotes about how he has acquired artifacts for the museum. A short interview with Krohn, who was the first museum director, also will be shown.