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World of Energy at Oconee Nuclear

World of Energy at Oconee Nuclear Station

A hub of interactive learning.

The World of Energy's current hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday through Friday. Always call in advance to verify the current schedule.

What you'll find

From learning how electricity is produced to enjoying a picnic along the picturesque shores of Lake Keowee, the World of Energy offers something for everyone. Located at Oconee Nuclear Station in Seneca, S.C., the center opened in July 1969, when Oconee Nuclear Station was under construction. Since that time, more than 3 million people have passed through our doors.

With three nuclear reactors, Oconee Nuclear Station is one of the nation’s largest nuclear plants. Since beginning operation in 1973, it has safely and reliably generated more than 500 million megawatt-hours of electricity.

An engaging experience inside & out

Whether you are looking to fill an hour or spend an entire afternoon, the World of Energy keeps you entertained and informed. Begin with a tour of our educational exhibits inside the education center. But there’s as much to see outside – just don't forget to pack a lunch! Our picnic shelter overlooks the beautiful shores of Lake Keowee and is the perfect way to end your visit to the World of Energy.

The Story of Energy

The Story of Energy offers a fun and interactive way to learn about electricity. Visitors of all ages will discover how energy is made from water, coal and uranium, as well as the increasing importance of renewable energy from the wind and sun. The self-guided tour lets you explore at your own pace, but plan to spend at least 30 minutes viewing our exhibits. 

Nature and wildlife

The World of Energy is located on the shores of Lake Keowee. Be sure to walk down to the peninsula and enjoy the stunning views. You can bring lunch and enjoy it from our picnic shelter, or take a hike along our nature trail. 

Picnic shelter 

Our picnic shelter is free and open to the public. The covered shelter seats roughly 60, and there are uncovered tables throughout the property. Please review our guidelines before making your reservation.

Boat dock & fishing pier

Boaters are invited to travel by water to the World of Energy. We have a boat dock with several slips for our guests. Fishing is allowed from our pier with a valid South Carolina fishing license (not required for children under 16).

Games & movies

After touring The Story of Energy, you’ll have fun testing your new knowledge in our video game area. These games are simple enough for any child who can read. We also have a wide selection of movies that can be played on request when our auditorium is not in use.