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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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  • Interesting museum with A LOT of information about development of atomic bombs, above ground and below ground testing, impact on local and remote communities as well as workers at the sites and how to...  more »
  • The museum is a good history lesson on the Cold War with a lot of artifacts and information. There were a lot of videos and some movies available to watch the filmed detonations of the bombs and hear ...  more »
  • You learn a lot here about the atmospheric and underground atomic testing that took place in the State of Nevada. I know people in Reno who remember the work that took place above and below ground. Ca...  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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