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The Atomic Testing Museum is an attraction in Las Vegas with a twist. This alternative Museum allows guests to step into the history books and re-live events first hand. The 10,000 square foot Atomic Testing Museum holds a host of real equipment from the old testing site, in addition to a plethora of educational displays, timelines and interactive objects. The museum recreates the testing site and even provides an area for guests to mess around with some high tech gadgets, including the ability to test your own radioactivity.
An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, this grand Museum is designed to represent the Nevada Test Site (NTS), which was active in the 1950?s. Situated just 65 miles outside of Las Vegas, the Nevada Test Site performed over 900 nuclear tests across four decades. The site, which played a big part in the Cold War, was visible from Las Vegas and casinos in the 1950?s even offered players seats that faced the site to witness these tests first hand. Now shut down, the Atomic Testing Museum is a pilgrimage to this famous testing site and now holds its history in 10,000 square feet of Museum.
Inside the Museum you will find all sorts of interactive stalls, objects, facts and even testimonies from on-site workers, allowing you to gain a better perspective of the test site. The Museum is an educational masterpiece, providing touch screens that answer the most popular questions such as – Why Nevada as a place for nuclear testing? And what impact did this have on Las Vegas? The Museum answers these questions and many more while providing questions with an interactive learning experience that is fun for everyone.
There is all kinds of media available at the Museum, ranging from photos of thermonuclear explosions to footage of frightened people witnessing from miles away. The history of this famous test site is covered in depth, as are certain tests, including the “Bravo” hydrogen bomb.
However, the highlight of the Atomic Testing Museum has got to be the 10-minute movie, which is held in the Ground Zero Theatre. This interactive movie gives an amazing history while providing guests with a real-life bunker experience. The theatre, designed to look like a bunker, contains seats that blast you with air and vibrations while watching the movie. This is a great experience and highly recommended while visiting this Museum in Las Vegas.
Even if you are not a huge history fan, or the Atomic Testing Site does not interest you, the contents of the Atomic Testing Museum will keep you entertained for hours. The interactive stalls are both interesting and informative, keeping your interest up by providing great interaction. The photographs and real life film footage is shocking and something that should defiantly be viewed while visiting this famous Las Vegas attraction.
Opening Times and Prices
The Atomic Testing Museum is open to the public Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Museum is also open Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
The cost is $14 for general admission. There are discounted rates for seniors, students, children and military personnel with proper identification. The Museum takes cash, MasterCard and Visa as forms of payment.