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The National Atomic Testing Museum, Las Vegas

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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. Plan to visit The National Atomic Testing Museum during your Las Vegas vacation using our convenient Las Vegas trip itinerary builder.
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TripAdvisor
  • Some interesting facts about atomic bomb testing. Artifacts from testing in its early stages. There is a simulation of a bomb test although I think it's a tame simulation. The staff has a lot of knowl...  more »
  • The museum had a lot of interesting information. Hard to believe that testing went on for as long as it did here. You can spend a few hours in it if you read every placard. There are ticket combos ava...  more »
  • This is not the type of thing most people will do in Las Vegas but being a child of the 50's and 60's I had to see it. Just outside the city is an atomic bomb test area that was used for 20+ years. Th...  more »
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  • Great museum! Very interesting to see the beginning of the atomic era, the research behind the cold war era, and where we are now! The best part was getting a tour by Ernest Williams who worked at the Nevada test site for years. The atomic portion of the museum was amazing! The alien exhibit was not. Once you walked into it you just continue walking faster until you find the exit. You can skip it and you will not miss any thing. The National Atomic Testing Museum is a must see for any trip to Vegas.
  • I grew up in vegas and didn't know this place existed. It was a wealth of information. You can easily spend several hours just absorbing all the information. We also found out that if you have someone in your group who needs a wheelchair you get around they offer them.
  • Very interesting and a lot more than I expected. A great deal of information with or without the guided tour. Give yourself an hour minimum, if you really want to watch the films offered and read the information throughout the exhibit. I think we were lost in time and spent nearly two hours there. I feel like some of the information didn't flow in the time line. Also, the devastation was minimized, in my opinion, but it's probably about funding and creating a positive experience...
  • My wife and I visited the National Atomic Testing Museum on a lark. It ended up being the best stop of an impromptu day in Vrgas. Each exhibit was well crafted, informative, and eye opening. We are "readers" and enjoy taking the time to actually learn from museums. This one doesn't disappoint. After you pass the box office, there aren't any docents on staff, but the placards, posters, and exhibition generally provides excellent insights to those willing to listen to what's been written. If you visit this once in a lifetime museum, take the time to really experience all of the details. It's a great way to spend 3 hours and see into a formerly top secret section of American history.
  • We went here on last day of vacation before heading home last week. It was on my To-do list and very happy it did not get crossed off. Was a great place to wind down after Vegas experience. If your a big fan of History and retro, I highly recommend!