Museum of Radiation and Radioactivity

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The purpose of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Museum of Radiation and Radioactivity is to chronicle the scientific and commercial history of radioactivity and radiation. It has been deemed the official repository for historical radiological instruments by the Health Physics Society, and the Society has been generous in its financial support for the purchase of items.

The collection is the property of the not-for-profit ORAU Foundation, and it is located at the Professional Training Programs (PTP) training facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Unless noted otherwise, this website only features items actually in the collection. If you have any technical or historically-related questions about the collection, or if you are interested in making a donation, contact Dr. Paul Frame via email. Please do not ask about an appraisal—we do not attribute monetary values to items.

Oak Ridge Historian D. Ray Smith discusses the impact of the ORAU Museum of Radiation and Radioactivity in his Historically Speaking column. The museum exists to chronicle the scientific and commercial history of radioactivity and radiation. While it is used for training and research purposes and not intended for public access, the museum's website has developed a much larger on audience due to the online descriptions and informative stories regarding an item's history. Over the years, the online availability has led to permission requests to use photographs of various items in books, displays, presentations, and even requests for help/information from the public.

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