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The B Reactor National Historic Landmark

Registration for 2019 B Reactor Tours is now open!

The B Reactor National Historic Landmark is the world's first full-scale plutonium production reactor and part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Sign up for a tour and learn more about the people, events, science, and engineering that led to the creation of the atomic bombs that helped bring an end to World War II.

2019 Tour Season

The U.S. Department of Energy offers free public tours of the B Reactor.

Tour season is generally from spring to fall, with varying dates and times. The list of tour dates for 2019 is below. Complete the first step of the registration process to see which tours still have seats available.

  • April 1-6, 10-13, 17-20, and 24-27
  • May 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 22-27, and 29-31
  • June 1, 3-8, 10-15, 17-22, and 24-29
  • July 1-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27, and 29-31
  • August 1-3, 5-10, 12-17, 19-24, and 26-31
  • September 1-7, 9-14, 16-21, and 23-28
  • October 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, and 30-31
  • November 1-2, 7-9, and 14-16

Click on the registration button on the upper right to begin the registration process.

Tour Details

  • Free of charge
  • Open to all ages
  • Open to visitors from around the world
  • Cameras, cell phones, and other recording devices are allowed
  • Food and drinks (non-alcoholic) are allowed on the bus; bottled water only inside B Reactor
  • There is no food or drink for sale at the visitor center
  • There are restrooms at the B Reactor
  • Tours begin and end at the visitor center located at 2000 Logston Blvd. Richland WA.
  • Total time commitment is 4 hours
    • Tour experience begins promptly with an introduction at the visitor center
    • Bus ride to B Reactor is about 45 minutes with interpretation along the way
    • The B Reactor tour lasts 2 hours

Group/School Tours

School and group tours may be available with a minimum of 20 participants. Please submit requests to BReactor@rl.gov and include the following information:

  • Group/School Name
  • Transportation (own or have access to bus, or capability of procuring charter bus)
  • Number of participants (students + teachers/chaperones)
  • Requested tour date/time (please include alternate dates for flexibility)
  • Purpose of the tour (e.g., current course of study for students, community organization, reunion, etc.)
  • Is there a special focus for tour participants (e.g. technical or scientific interest)?

Staff will evaluate your request to determine feasibility and will contact you within one 1-2 business days. 

We may also be able to help you reserve seats for your large group as part of a scheduled public tour.   

If you have any questions, please call the visitor center, at (509) 376-1647.

Web Links:

Learn more about the world-changing history, science and engineering behind the Manhattan Project and B Reactor, as well as the history of Native American and early settler populations at the Hanford Site, with videos produced by the B Reactor Museum Association and the Atomic Heritage Foundation.

For questions or comments, please send a message to the webmaster.
Last Updated: 02/10/2018 12:32:52 PM