Oak Ridge tour season expanded to 9 months

graphitereactor.jpgThe Graphite Reactor, the world’s first continuously operated nuclear reactor, is one of the stops on the Department of Energy’s bus tour in Oak Ridge.

The U.S. Department of Energy has expanded its tour season from three to nine months, with bus tours to continue this year through November. In the future, the tour season will be March through November, a DOE spokeswoman said.

Bus tours currently are available three days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and will continue on that schedule through May. For June-August, the bus tours will be available daily, Monday through Friday, with plans to continue three days a week in September and October, and twice a week for November.

The bus tours include stops at Y-12’s New Hope Center, New Bethel Baptist Church, the historic Graphite Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the former K-25 site.

Tour information is available at the American Museum of Science & Energy website. More information is also available by phone at 865-576-3200 (museum) or 865-576-0885 (Department of Energy).

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