Experimental Breeder Reactor-I (EBR-I) generated the world's first usable amount of electricity from nuclear energy in December 1951.
Experimental Breeder Reactor I
Have you ever seen a nuclear reactor? Ever wonder how electricity is generated from nuclear energy?
Satisfy your curiosity by visiting the Experimental Breeder Reactor-I (EBR-I) visitor center, located on U.S. Highway 20-26 between Idaho Falls and Arco. You'll see four nuclear reactors, including two aircraft nuclear propulsion prototypes, a reactor control room, remote handling devices for radioactive materials, radiation detection equipment, and much more. You'll learn how electricity is produced from splitting atoms and see numerous explanatory displays and exhibits. You can walk through the plant using the printed tour instructions, or take a guided tour with one of the summer season tour guides.
The facility, a Registered National Historic Landmark where usable electricity was first generated from nuclear energy in 1951, is open to the public from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend--seven days a week--from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. After Labor Day weekend, you can schedule group tours for weekdays only by going to www.inl.gov and clicking on "Request a Tour."