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EBR-I open for limited hours on Wednesday, Dec. 20

December 13, 2023

By INL Media Relations

Looking for a winter day trip? Experimental Breeder Reactor I, located 50 miles west of Idaho Falls on U.S. 20, will be open to the public Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 10 a.m-3 p.m. There is no cost for the tour. This year, a free bus from Idaho Falls will be available for the first 50 people to register.

EBR-I: The Experimental Breeder Reactor I National Historical Landmark, located at the Idaho National Laboratory desert site west of Idaho Falls.

The reactor was completed in 1951 and became the first nuclear reactor to produce a usable amount of electricity on Dec. 20, 1951. EBR-I was operated until late 1963 and 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.

“We made history at EBR-I on Dec. 20 and 21 back in 1951,” says Sarah Neumann, INL Media Relations and Digital Content manager. “This is one more chance for us to share our history with community members.”

EBR-I turbine and generator: An inside look at EBR-I’s turbine and generator.

Visitors can download the free TravelStorys app before they leave home and listen to an on-demand tour of INL on their drive across the desert.

Winter is the off-season for the museum, but it will be open Dec. 20. No reservations are necessary. Guided and self-guided tours will be available. To sign up to ride the bus, please send an email to [email protected] with the number of people in your party.


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


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Posted December 13, 2023

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