Hanford Reach Interpretive Center Grand Opening

We are just one day shy of the offical grand-opening of the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center and we got a sneak peek today at all that is has to offer.

The center will be the place where our community's backstory will be told and explained.

Senator Patty Murray led the ribbon cutting with local students who also got one of the first previews of the new center on Columbia Park Trail in Richland.

The new center features galleries, one of which gives the history of the Manhattan Project and Hanford Engineering Works that played a crucial role in ending WWII.     

There is also 4000 sq. ft. gallery telling the story of the Hanford Reach National Monument and the surrounding region from the basalt flows and ice age floods to the living land and land transformed to today.

There is also plently of art created by local students.

Murray said it's nice to see everyone's hard work paying off.

"What I did in D.C. aas make sure that all of the federal partners got involved in the process and I was also able to work hard to get some funding for this project which is absolutely critical to get it off the ground, so that people could come and learn and know what's here," said Murray. "It's just been a long great journey and I'm very excited to be here today."

The Reach is open Tuesday - Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 5 p-m.

The cost to get in is $8 for adults, $6 for students/seniors, free for kids under the age of 5/members.

There are several activites listed here that will take place at the center throughout the week in celebration of the grand opening, including concerts, shows and a gala.

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