The National Atomic Testing Museum, Las Vegas

4.2
#10 of 38 in Museums in Las Vegas
An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, The National Atomic Testing Museum presents chronicles and artifacts of nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site near Las Vegas performed from 1951 until the present day. You'll see over 12,000 photographs, videos, and reports on-site and have an opportunity to experience a simulated nuclear test. Discover the events that triggered the creation of the atomic bomb and the methods that scientists use to monitor radiation. The museum offers an audio tour to guide you through each gallery; you can download it from the official website. Arrange to visit The National Atomic Testing Museum and other attractions in Las Vegas using our Las Vegas trip planner.
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  • A must see on the very recent history (up to 1992!) of the nuclear detonations to scarce 60 miles of this condemned city. It costs what any museum in the UNITED states (do not accept the ICOM credential)
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  • This was a very interesting museum. A must see if you have the time, great for some attractions during the day. Highly recomend making time  more »
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  • Very interesting and informative if a bit dry, with a fairly high admission price at the door ($22 each for adults). Also the 'atomic theater' experience was fun with the exception of... well, there were several individuals interviewed in the film that seemed to express the opinion that all the issues with the testing they performed was entirely beneficial and that any literal or figurative fallout from surrounding resident exposure was 'totally worth the cost and if I had the opportunity I would do it all over again'. This somewhat problematic viewpoint is subtly presented as heroic in the film with the only vaguely dissenting opinion on the matter summed up in all of 10 seconds of screen time given to a university professor. Still overall and interesting and informative experience.
  • A national museum of all you wanted to know about the atomic testing programs conducted by our government (minus any classified information I suppose) from its beginning to the end of actual blast testing. I also got an understanding of the U.S. patriotism involved. I was impressed to learn about the steps taken to assure the safety of Americans and the world and the promotion of world peace after years of collecting data about the destructive potential. You decide the depth of your experience; there are detailed accounts, exhibits, artifacts, descriptions and short films. An amazing scientific experience.

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