“The timeline begins in 1938 with the discovery of fission and covers the history of the Lab within the context of major world events up through present day,” explains NSRC historian Madeline Whitacre. “Major events on it range from work on project Poltergeist in the '50s (which proved the existence of the neutrino) to the establishment of GenBank (a database that serves as a national repository for genetic sequence information) in the '80s, to modern-day advancements in simulation and modeling.”
The Bradbury’s timeline is based off of an initial version created by the NSRC for their facilities. The NSRC's original timeline cannot be viewed by the public due to its location in a secure facility at the Laboratory. As the Laboratory’s primary public center, the Bradbury is the perfect home for visitors to see the vibrant new timeline. “Projects like these are a great way to share with the public who we are and what we do,” says Whitacre. “Sharing our history provides insight into the breadth of work we do as a Laboratory and shows how we grew from our Manhattan Project beginnings into the multidisciplinary institution we are today.”
The Bradbury Science Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is always free.