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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we enjoyed reading the information panels and watching the tv and movie clips about the testing that had taken place in the area. We really enjoyed the main part of the museum much more than we did th... read more »
This an interesting bit of history for the whole family. Its not far from the strip and you can get there by vegas bus transit or by car, very close to the strip. If you love history this is the place... read more »
This museum is located about 1 mile east of the strip, on Flamingo road, in an out-of-the-way location. The museum shows the history of nuclear testing that occurred around Las Vegas, both successes a... read more »
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.
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.
It was a little disappointing. Very small, not much to it. Nothing interactive. Just walk around a few hallways. The info is interesting, but it just felt like info, I could have looked up info online myself. Few exhibits, nothing to write home about. If you're in vegas, there's plenty more to spend money on.
It is a little lack luster, not a huge fan of watching a bunch of small screens with what seemed like Youtube clipped videos of the 40s and 50s of how we got the weapon. I like the hands on items they have however, Large bomb and a few interactive items to touch and see. Reminded me of the bomb shelters when I was growing up as a kid in NY
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