INL News Release
Aug. 4, 2021

Sarah Neumann, 208-520-1651, 
Shelly Norman, 509-492-7484,

The Experimental Breeder Reactor-I Atomic Museum, located 50 miles west of Idaho Falls on U.S. 20, will open to the public Friday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The facility was completed in 1951 and on Dec. 20, 1951, became the first nuclear reactor to produce a usable amount of electricity. EBR-I was operated until late 1963 and decommissioned in 1964. It was dedicated as a National Historic Landmark on Aug. 25, 1966, by President Lyndon Johnson and Glenn Seaborg, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.

The museum was closed for all of 2020 and this is the only weekend that it will be open this summer. No reservations are necessary and there is no cost. Masks will be required inside the museum. Download the TravelStorys app before you leave home, and it will give you an on-demand tour as you drive across the desert. If you have questions or want more information, check our webpage at

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