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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  • This was so interesting. It was kinda scare to see. I mean yes its our history but to see all the stuff in one place. The best part was the film room. Go in there and be prepared to feel a boom.  more »
  • An excellent Museum, its worth a visit when arriving in Las Vegas. Interesting exhibits, helpful guides.
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  • This is a large government type museum. Top notch displays. A lot to see inside including a MIRV RV, B-53, B-61, AIR-2 and W-54 backpack demolition warhead. There is also a section on underground test...  more »
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  • I've been to many museums including all of the Smithsonian museums in DC. The artifacts here are great and the overall presentation is good, but the feeling is excessively cold and uninviting. It was like walking through a really bad school textbook. There was also an expo on Area 51 when we went. It appeared to have been put together by a group of middle school students (and that probably insulting the middle school students). There was a sign that said it was held over "due to popular demand" - translation "we don't want to have a HUGE empty room.". Definitely wouldn't go back.
  • Great Experience. Set up a group tour with the Director, very nicely done. Thanks for maintaining the history of our Nations Atomic testing. Great to meet National Treasures, like Ernie Williams. Also appreciate the DRI team for their help in hosting a Construction Industry Institute working meeting. All very well done.
  • I went here the last time I was in Vegas visiting from Phoenix. I'm glad I went. If you're ever in Las Vegas and can tear yourself away from the Strip for a few hours, I highly recommend this little gem. It is very interesting and worth the visit. They have really awesome artifacts and displays on nuclear weapons and testing. There is also a really cool Area 51 & aliens / extraterrestrial life exhibit. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Great place to bring visiting geeks! This is a very thorough story or nuclear energy and testing throughout history. I thought I should stop in there to understand a little more about nuclear power before Trump gets us all killed with it.
  • Very well designed museam. A lot of history with informative displays. Gift shop has neat things but a little small.

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