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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  • Purchased a Groupon to save about 50% to visit this monument to developments in atomic energy and the nuclear and thermonuclear bombs. Excellent timelines, comments of those involved and a meaningful ...  more »
  • The timeline that was continual throughout the museum really put the information into perspective. I may have lived through part of this history but year by year really helped! Used a Groupon for a gr...  more »
  • We visited here on Saturday, 2/3/18, we went inside because the doors were open. But we couldn't find anyone or find the hours posted, or even to know how to pay to get in. There was some sort of clas...  more »
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  • Interesting history. A great mix of exhibits which highlighted the history of nuclear testing in both the local area and around the world. Staff were friendly, and I enjoyed the optional videos throughout the exhibits. The gift shop is small-- the people are there to educate, not sell. I recommend it, though do realize it's not an uplifting museum.
  • Loved this place! Great historical context paired with fascinating pop culture context organized chronologically that even as a millennial I could relate to from the 1940s all the way into the 90s. If you're not looking to be trashed your entire time in Vegas, this is a great exhibit which really helped shape the city into what we know today.
  • Fantastic museum! Having served in the Air Force posr Cold War, it was amazing to take my family through the events and technology and even show them some of the things I worked on. They have some very rare pieces here and have some excellent films to explain the terror of the atomic weapon. Great gift shop as well.
  • A good place to visit to learn more about Nevada‚Äôs place in Nuclear Testing history. Check online before you go to see if there are any discounts available. The museum is family friendly however it would be more interesting to kids 10 yrs and older.
  • Neat place to learn about our atomic history. It could use some more updated content. Like currently active countries. Ive also seen a program that's shown all the world's testing with a video and time line. And displays about current problems with people from Christmas island's and bikini atols.
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