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Monitors and Scalers

Atomic Movie Posters

Nuclear Medicine

Atomic Toys

Nuclear Slide Rules


Personnel Monitors

Civil Defense

Proportional Counters

Consumer Products

Radiation Warning Signs


Radioactive Quack Cures

Dosimeter Charger-Readers

Radioactive Sources




Radioluminescent Items

Geiger Mueller Tubes


Health Physics Posters 

Shipping Labels

Hiroshima, Trinity and Nuclear Weapons

Shoe Fitting Fluoroscope

Ionization Chambers


Lichtenberg Figures, Glass, Gems

Survey Meters

Medals & Mementoes 

X-ray and Gas Discharge Tubes

Military RADIAC Equipment

X-ray Tubes - Coolidge Type

For publications relating to the history of the radiological sciences and radiation instrumentation, consider a visit to the ORAU Museum Library. To access thousands of documents related to radiation safety, visit PTP's Health Physics Electronic Library. For general information about radiation, try Radiation Basics


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The purpose of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Health Physics Historical Instrumentation Museum Collection 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 E-mail ( or by phone (865)-576-3388. Please do not ask about an appraisal - we do not attribute monetary values to items.

Last updated: 01/03/12
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