At the start of Manhattan Project work, about 1,500 residents in the agricultural towns of Hanford and White Bluffs were displaced from their homesteads and orchards, along with Native American Tribes, as the government transformed the Eastern Washington desert as part of the secret war project. Sign up for a tour and learn more about the history of the mid-Columbia prior to the eviction of the homeowners and tribes in 1943.
The U.S. Department of Energy offers free public tours of the pre-War historic sites.
Planned tour dates for 2023 include:
A limited number of school and group tours may be available with a minimum of 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Please submit requests to BReactor@rl.gov and include the following information:
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.
You can 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 (BRMA) and the Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF), below. There's also a link to a virtual tour of the B Reactor.
Click link below for directions to the Tour Departure Location: