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. Arrange to visit The National Atomic Testing Museum and other attractions in Las Vegas using our Las Vegas trip planner.
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  • The National Atomic Testing Museum was recommended to us by a friend. It has lots of interesting exhibits and displays. There is even a bunker with a screen that simulates a nuclear explosion, very re...  more »
  • This museum does a good job presenting the historical information of atomic testing in Nevada and other parts of the country. It's easy to get through it all in about an hour. One of our kids enjoyed ...  more »
  • This museum has a dated feel but they explain scientifically what Area 51 is. There are lots of movies and exhibits to read up on and the timeline is strategically placed so you traverse the sequence ...  more »
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  • This is a fine museum that covers a very specialized subject. Much of what is on display is instruments and equipment that was used in esoteric experiments that are outside the usual person's knowledge base. The museum presents the artifacts and events in a way that makes it understandable. It's worth a visit to understand the 'atomic age' and its impact on our nation and world.
  • A fantastically designed museum. Incredibly detailed and dense with information. This museum really exceeded our expectations. It was very interesting to see how Vegas grew alongside the atomic testing and to learn about the impact that the testing had on American culture. All of the items are well curated and the layout/pacing is thoughtful. I would have loved to see a gift shop with more upscale items. Check Groupon for a great ticket deal.
  • It may surprise you to hear that this is our family's favorite attraction in Las Vegas. If you are looking for a break from large Vegas casinos and shows begging for your attention, and dollars, the Atomic Testing Museum may be the perfect change of pace. I'm in my 50s and my sons are 11 and 19, and we all enjoyed the Atomic Test Museum. It has history, surprising stories and wonderfully tells the story of the period of the US from the end of WWII to the recent past -- a time in our history that is close enough to be relateable and enough in the past to offer surprises, including adfing context international and environmental issues in the news today. I highly recommend a visit to the Atomic Test Museum. It is about a mile and a half off The Strip, near the Hard Rock.
  • This museum is really informative and well presented. If you are interested in America's atomic past, you'll love it. However, some may find the topic uninteresting or the lack of interactive exhibits unengaging. I had a wonderful time, though.
  • This museum is definitely a change of pace from the normal glitz of Las Vegas, but its a welcome change. The history of the atomic and nuclear testing program is intertwined with Las Vegas' history. The amount of material on display in the museum is awesome - since the nuclear testing program ended in 1992, a lot of the material is either still classified or buried in government archives. While the price is more than other museums in the area, if you're a nuclear geek or just morbidly curious, it will be worth the price of admission.

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