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News Release

March 12, 1998
April 4 Trinity site tour led by National Atomic Museum

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Trinity, the site of the world's first atomic explosion, is open to the public only twice a year. On Saturday, April 4, the National Atomic Museum will lead a guided tour of the Trinity site, including the McDonald Ranch, Jumbo, and Ground Zero. The site is located on White Sands Missile Range in south-central New Mexico. Tour buses will leave the National Atomic Museum at 6 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. Buses will stop in Socorro on the return trip for lunch and an optional tour of the Gem and Mineral Museum.

Tickets are $30 each, which includes lunch. They must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable. The price also includes a pre-tour lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, at the National Atomic Museum Theater by Roger Meade, historian for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Trinity Tour seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased at the National Atomic Museum Store or by calling 505-284-3242.

In conjunction with the Trinity Tour, the National Atomic Theater will show recently declassified Department of Energy atomic test footage from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 4. This will be the first time this footage has been available for viewing by the public.

The National Atomic Museum, operated for the U.S. Department of Energy by Sandia National Laboratories, is located on Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. For easy access onto the Base, enter the visitor's parking lot just outside the Wyoming Gate and show your driver's license, car registration, and proof of insurance to obtain a pass. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, excluding Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and New Year's Day.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram research and development laboratory managed by a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Media contact:
Shelly Renee, srenee@sandia.gov, (505) 284-3233

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