Known as the Secret City for its covert origins and critical role in the Manhattan Project during World War II, Oak Ridge is no longer a secret. The legacy of the Manhattan Project has led Oak Ridge to national prominence in cutting-edge scientific research and development. Oak Ridge's unique location also provides outdoor enthusiasts with some of East Tennessee's most beautiful trails, waterways, and vistas. Are you ready to experience America's Best Kept Secret? Use the links below to start planning your visit.

The American Museum of Science and Energy

The American Museum of Science and Energy is a science museum in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, designed to teach both children and adults about energy, especially nuclear power, and to document the role Oak Ridge played in the Manhattan Project.


The Oak Ridge Children’s Museum

Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge is a unique and educational resource, providing children of East Tennessee with the opportunity to learn while playing - to create, discover, solve, and experience - within non-traditional, interactive exhibit galleries.


The Southern Appalachia Railway Museum

The Southern Appalachia Railway Museum collects antique locomotives and rolling stock to run on their 7 miles of track from the K-25 facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to an interchange with Norfolk Southern at Blair, Tennessee and back.


DOE Public Tours of the Oak Ridge Reservation

This popular tour of the 33,000-acre Department of Energy (DOE) Oak Ridge Reservation offers visitors a first-hand look at all of the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 70-plus years.