Some OR sites to remain open during shutdown

During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures.

There will be no NPS-provided visitor services at Manhattan Project National Historical Park, including public information. Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions. All park programs have been canceled.

However, the following locations will remain open to the public and continue to provide visitor services:

Oak Ridge:

• The Childrens Museum of Oak Ridge located at 461 W. Outer Drive.

• The American Museum of Science and Energy, operated through a DOE contract, located at 115 E. Main St. The museum will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as part of its holiday operating schedule.

Formally established in November 2015 via a Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Energy and the National Park Service to preserve portions of three sites where the United States developed the first atomic weapons.