Savannah River Site Museum

Savannah River Site Museum The Savannah River Site Museum preserves and interprets the history of the Savannah River Site on a volunteer basis. We are free and open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 10am to 2pm.
The SRS Heritage Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to preserve and interpret the role of the Savannah River Site (SRS) in winning the Cold War. It focuses on technical and scientific achievements, sociological impacts, and ecological accomplishments. Activities include a range of education and outreach programs.
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The SRS Museum will re-open on a temporary reduced schedule of Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am - 2pm beginning Wednesda...
06/12/2020
covidguidelines | SRS Museum

The SRS Museum will re-open on a temporary reduced schedule of Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am - 2pm beginning Wednesday, June 17th! Please visit our website for more info on guidelines for visitors during this time, and additional information on actions the Museum is taking to protect our staff and guests. We hope to see you then!

Savannah River Site
06/11/2020

Savannah River Site

Maintenance on Monitoring Equipment, 1956
Health Physics calibrates instruments used for regular monitoring in production areas to supplement radiation film badge and other device recordings. #TBT #70YearsOfService

Savannah River Site
06/04/2020

Savannah River Site

Housekeeping Award Plaque, 1954
The Water Filtration group receives plaque for the highest scores in the D Area Maintenance Housekeeping Competition. #TBT #70YearsOfService

The Aiken County Historical Museum is open!
06/03/2020

The Aiken County Historical Museum is open!

And we’re open!! We will be opening slowly for the month of June and hope to be back to regular hours in July.
Today, June 3rd and Saturday, June 6th, we will be open from 10am to 2pm; the gift shop is open 10:30am to 1:30pm. We’re limiting the number of guests, requesting that visitors wear a mask, and we have temporarily removed our interactive exhibits. Please help us keep Aiken County healthy! Stay tuned for a post with our June hours.

Savannah River Site
05/28/2020

Savannah River Site

320-M Machining, 1959
Building 320-M, the Alloy Building, produced control rods and blanket rods necessary to moderate the Savannah River reactors. The lithium rods were used to control the reactor’s chain reaction and created tritium through a transmutation of lithium. #TBT #70YearsOfService

#SRSM staff and volunteers have been hard at work preparing our facility to better protect you so we can continue to sha...
05/26/2020

#SRSM staff and volunteers have been hard at work preparing our facility to better protect you so we can continue to share the history of the Savannah River Site safely during this time. We'll open mid-June (more details to come!) and when you visit, you'll notice social distancing markers, hand sanitizing stations, increased cleaning measures, and that all of our staff and volunteers will be sporting these masks. Your safety and the continued safety of our beloved community is our top priority.

Terri Gillett with New South Associates, Inc. designed this cute, retro fabric featuring historic SRS safety slogans, and Easy Going Sewing hand crafted them for us. #savannahriversitemuseum

Savannah River Site
05/15/2020

Savannah River Site

Construction began on the #SavannahRiverSite H Canyon Chemical Separation Facility in May 1951. Construction lasted three years, with startup in 1955. The facility’s operations historically recovered uranium and neptunium from fuel tubes used in nuclear reactors at the Site, to produce radioactive materials used in making nuclear weapons. After the end of the Cold War, the facility’s mission changed to one of nonproliferation and environmental cleanup. #70YearsOfService #TBT

Savannah River Site
05/08/2020

Savannah River Site

Protecting Security Information at Savannah River, 1954
Coworkers eating lunch knew not to share information even at work with reminders like the note on the napkin dispenser: THINK and don’t engage in classified discussion in this cafeteria. #TBT #70YearsOfService

Savannah River Site
04/23/2020

Savannah River Site

232 Process Room through Control Window, 1959
The first Savannah River tritium gas shipment was produced in 1955. The gas was sent to the Atomic Energy Commission for further processing into the weapons component. In the following years, the plant began adding the gas to the weapon component before shipment. Most of the nation’s tritium stockpile during the Cold War was produced at Savannah River. #TBT #70YearsOfService

Savannah River Site
04/17/2020

Savannah River Site

April 1954
SRP Patrolman Johnnie Steed was the Ellenton Chief of Police when the announcement of Savannah River’s construction was announced on November 28, 1950. He remained in position until his office was officially closed in February 1952. #TBT #70YearsOfService

03/17/2020

In consideration of the protective measures from Aiken County, the SRSM will remain closed until further notice. The health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and community is our highest priority.

During this closure, we hope to remain a (digital) resource to our community. If you are a local educator, DM us. We are here to support however we can!

The ACHM is making moves toward better protecting and preserving the history of Aiken County that they've been entrusted...
03/16/2020

The ACHM is making moves toward better protecting and preserving the history of Aiken County that they've been entrusted with! 👏

After much debate, the ACHM has decided to remove the playroom space on the second floor. Not only does the current concern over the COVID-19 virus influence our decision, but also the need for storage space. Currently, a large portion of the museum's furniture collection is being stored in the building's attic space. The exposure to extreme temperature fluctuations and humidity levels puts our objects in danger and we desperately need to move the objects into a temperature-controlled storage space.

Thus, on March 23rd, the playroom will be dismantled to become artifact storage. Components of the playroom's school interactive and the log cabin interactive will be incorporated into existing exhibits. For instance, the school desks and chalkboard will be moved to the main floor's Education exhibit once the threat of COVID-19 has passed.

We know that this closure will take away a very popular room in our museum. However, one of the major parts of our museum's mission is the preservation of our county's history. It is important that we save our history for future generations while balancing the fun of learning about it.

Our future exhibit development plans for the museum include adding more interactive components to our exhibits. So, while we are taking away one playroom, we will be bringing more fun ways of learning to the museum as we redevelop our spaces.

03/14/2020

The SRSM will be closed to the public with plans to re-open Tuesday, March 24th. Stay tuned for more information. We'll see ya then!

03/11/2020

The SRS Museum is closed today and tomorrow for the South Carolina Federation of Museums Conference. We'll see ya Friday!

03/04/2020

Boy are y'all in for a treat this week! We have SRS Retirees as docents each day. Stop by the Museum 10am - 2pm today through Saturday and chat with Carl (today), James (Thursday and Friday), and Rex and Walt (Saturday) to chat with the experts.

Savannah River Site
02/27/2020

Savannah River Site

300 Area Gatehouse, March 1953
Reactor rods were manufactured and enriched uranium was handled in the 300/M area. Due to the nature of the work, several security gatehouses served as checkpoints for employees entering and leaving the area. #TBT #70YearsOfService

Meet Walt Joseph! Walt worked at Savannah River Site for 39!! years, in "most areas," but primarily with SRL and as a re...
02/15/2020

Meet Walt Joseph! Walt worked at Savannah River Site for 39!! years, in "most areas," but primarily with SRL and as a reactor tech. Walt hopes you'll stop by to see him "and the other artifacts" between 10am and 2pm. #srsm #savannahriversitemuseum

Meet Art Osborne! Art worked at Savannah River Site for 35!! years, retiring in 2002, "all over, top to bottom, in any a...
02/14/2020

Meet Art Osborne! Art worked at Savannah River Site for 35!! years, retiring in 2002, "all over, top to bottom, in any area except for the reactors." Art likes to docent the 2nd and 4th Fridays; y'all stop on by and ask Art about starting the first glass melter at TNX.

Savannah River Site
02/13/2020

Savannah River Site

February 1953
The Technical Information Service Library moved from its original location at the former Ellenton Baptist Church into the 700 lab area, where the library is still located for SRS personnel. The collection includes about 18,000 volumes and 500 periodical subscriptions in the early 1950s. #TBT #70YearsOfService

02/10/2020

We're excited to announce that our next Ellenton Heritage Trail Walking Tour will be Thursday, March 19th! If you'd like to join us, or are interested in the details, send us a private message. #srsm #savannahriversitemuseum

02/06/2020

The ANS-SR event scheduled at the SRS Museum tonight has been postponed 1 week due to the weather. Y'all stay safe out there, and we'll see you next week!

Savannah River Site
02/06/2020

Savannah River Site

Snow at SRP

January 23, 1955 was a day marked in history in the SRP newspaper. Snow in South Carolina! The paper notes that it snowed in Aiken and Augusta and that patches were white for a day or two. #TBT #70YearsOfService

The SRS Museum had the pleasure of hosting Remember My Service Productions, who took time yesterday to interview SRS ret...
01/29/2020

The SRS Museum had the pleasure of hosting Remember My Service Productions, who took time yesterday to interview SRS retirees. Looking forward to reading their upcoming book about men and women of the nuclear age! #srsmuseum #savannahriversitemuseum

01/24/2020

The SRS Museum will be closed today; we're attending the Palmetto Archives Libraries and Museums Council on Preservation conference in Columbia on Patron Safety at Museums. See you tomorrow at 10am!

01/21/2020
Behind the Scenes of 6,000 Stories

Check out this behind the scenes look at our newest exhibit! Video courtesy of our friends at Savannah River Site. #srsmuseum #savannahriversitemuseum

What a sweet, surprise reunion at the Museum with some former Dunbarton residents! We're open Tuesday through Saturday f...
01/13/2020

What a sweet, surprise reunion at the Museum with some former Dunbarton residents! We're open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am - 2pm. Y'all come on by, you never know who you'll run into! #savannahriversitemuseum #srsmuseum

12/23/2019

The SRS Museum will be closed for the holidays from the 24th through the 26th. We hope you enjoy time with loved ones, and look forward to seeing you on Friday!

Meet Carl Fields! Carl worked at Savannah River Site from 1990-2004 in engineering, the lab, and WSMS (a consulting grou...
12/21/2019

Meet Carl Fields! Carl worked at Savannah River Site from 1990-2004 in engineering, the lab, and WSMS (a consulting group). Drop by before the Hoofbeats & Christmas Carols Parade today, we're open from 10am - 2pm, and ask Carl about a little known Jim Nabors fact! #savannahriversitemuseum #srsmuseum

11/22/2019

The Savannah River Site Museum will be closed Saturday 11/23 through Saturday 11/29 for Thanksgiving. We hope you have a wonderful week surrounded by family, friends, and delicious food, and we look forward to seeing you in December!

Meet James Tarpley! James is one of our new docents who worked on Site from 1991 to 2011 in the Equipment Engineering Se...
11/19/2019

Meet James Tarpley! James is one of our new docents who worked on Site from 1991 to 2011 in the Equipment Engineering Section. Stop on by the Museum today (we're here until 2pm) and ask him about working with Reactor Operations Monitoring Systems (ROMS) which replaced the world's first computer operated safety related system. He's got quite some stories!

Do you remember these school house stairs? Did you walk these quiet streets? Mr. Billy Givens said, "It felt like coming...
11/05/2019

Do you remember these school house stairs? Did you walk these quiet streets? Mr. Billy Givens said, "It felt like coming home." Want to join us on our next tour of the Ellenton Heritage Trail? Comment or DM to get on the contact list. Photo Credit: Bob Bonnett's height. #connectaiken #savannahriversitemuseum #srsmuseum #ellentonheritagetrail

Thanks, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory for capturing some great photos from our ribbon cutting of the new exhibit! Y'...
11/01/2019

Thanks, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory for capturing some great photos from our ribbon cutting of the new exhibit! Y'all c'mon by to see more!

The SRS Museum and Heritage Foundation held a re-grand opening ceremony today to introduce its 6,000 Stories Exhibit. Supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the exhibit tells the story of individuals and families who were displaced from their homes to make room for the Savannah River Plant.

Today’s event featured a round-table discussion with three individuals whose families were displaced, Mr. George Heath, Ms. Margret Rountree, and Ms. Mosel McBryde.

Whether you’re an advocate of environmental stewardship, a history buff, or have a connection to the Savannah River Site, the SRS Museum has something for you to enjoy.

The SRS Museum is strolling the streets of historic Ellenton this morning! We'll open at Noon today; hope to see you the...
10/31/2019

The SRS Museum is strolling the streets of historic Ellenton this morning! We'll open at Noon today; hope to see you then! #savannahriversitemuseum #srsmuseum #connectaiken Photo Credit: SRNS Photog.

Thanks, #Aiken, for the generous support today! What an honor it is to be trusted with the stories being preserved at th...
10/30/2019

Thanks, #Aiken, for the generous support today! What an honor it is to be trusted with the stories being preserved at the SRS Museum. #connectaiken #savannahriversitemuseum #srsmuseum

Congratulations to the SRS Museum and Heritage Foundation on the completion of its brand new exhibit wing. Stop by 224 Laurens St SW, and take a step back and time to learn about the Savannah River Site's impact on our area, and our country. You can also visit their website to view their operating hours: https://www.srsheritagemuseum.org/
And don't forget to sign the guest book!
#LuckyEnough #Aiken

10/30/2019

It may be another dreary day here in Aiken, but we are all smiles at the Savannah River Site Museum today! Join us at 1pm for our ribbon cutting/grand re-opening. 😁 Thanks Newberry Hall for bringing the snacks! #savannahriversitemuseum #srsmuseum #connectaiken

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224 Laurens St SW
Aiken, SC
29801

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 14:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 14:00
Thursday 10:00 - 14:00
Friday 10:00 - 14:00
Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(803) 648-1437

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The Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management featured the #UGASREL and USDA Forest Service exhibit chronicling the partnership at SRS and significant work accomplished over the decades.
To Rex Nordeen--A Plymouth switcher is similar (probably a little larger) to the dinky. Go to a model railroad web site and look for one. See if that works for you. Clyde
The Savannah River Site produced the Plutoniumfor NASA’s Cassini space mission in 1991. Cassini was built to explore the Saturn system. Because this un-manned mission would take many years and needed to travel a long way, NASA needed a long-lasting, compact and incredibly reliable power source. To solve that problem, NASA used plutonium inside three Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs). RTGs take the heat from the radioactive decay of Pu-238 and convert it into electricity. NASA will end Cassini's mission by plunging the orbiter into Saturn's atmosphere, providing valuable information about the gas-giant planet.
The Savannah River Site played an important role in the NASA Voyager mission by creating the Plutonium fuel that powers this interstellar traveler. 12 BILLION MILES AND COUNTING... Premieres Wednesday, August 23 9/8c on PBS THE FARTHEST tells the captivating tales of the people and events behind one of humanity’s greatest achievements in exploration: NASA’s Voyager mission, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this August. The twin spacecraft—each with less computing power than a cell phone—used slingshot trajectories to visit Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. They sent back unprecedented images and data that revolutionized our understanding of the spectacular outer planets and their many peculiar moons. Still going strong four decades after launch, each spacecraft carries an iconic golden record with greetings, music and images from Earth—a gift for any aliens that might one day find it. Voyager 1, which left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age in 2012, is the farthest-flung object humans have ever created. A billion years from now, when our sun has flamed out and burned Earth to a cinder, the Voyagers and their golden records will still be sailing on—perhaps the only remaining evidence that humanity ever existed.