Experimental Breeder Reactor-I opens May 24 for 2024 season

May 21, 2024

By INL Media Relations

For the scientist in all of us, Experimental Breeder Reactor-I will open for the 2024 season starting Friday, May 24. The museum, located 50 miles west of Idaho Falls at Idaho National Laboratory on U.S. 20, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day. There is no cost for admission.

The reactor was completed in 1951, and on Dec. 20 of that year it became the world’s first nuclear power plant. EBR-I operated until late 1963 and was decommissioned in 1964. It was dedicated as a Registered National Historic Landmark on Aug. 25, 1966, by President Lyndon Johnson and Glenn Seaborg, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.

Experimental Breeder Reactor-I.

“This is a great piece of nuclear history,” said Shelly Norman, INL ambassador “Each summer we get around 10,000 visitors from around the world coming to see where nuclear energy got its start.”

Visitors can download the free TravelStorys app and listen to an on-demand tour of Idaho National Laboratory on their drive across the desert. Also, visitors with a National Parks Passport can bring it to the museum to collect the stamp.

Guided and self-guided tours are available, and no reservations are required. Send questions to [email protected], call 208-526-0050 or visit inl.gov/ebr.


Sarah Neumann, 208-520-1651, [email protected]
Shelly Norman, 509-492-7484, [email protected]


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Posted May 21, 2024

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