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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  • Educational for the entire family, you’ll learn about testing, the whys and wherefores, who witnessed the tests (sometimes too close) and how little we really knew about the atom. Fun gift shop. Good....  more »
  • Give yourself a couple hours to get through this museum and also take time to watch the various movies. The atomic age is a niche interest of mine and I wasn't disappointed with this museum. I'd...  more »
  • The National Atomic Testing Museum was very interesting and educational. I'm really glad we stopped by. The price was fair and there was a lot to see inside. It's also worth mentioning the museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian, so you're really getting a quality experience. The museum is located a quick ride (or a slightly longer walk) from The Strip, so it's easy to find. I was kind of surprised how many people were visiting, but the museum wasn't "busy" by any means. In fact, this a great option if you'd like to get away from the busy city crowds for a while. Definitely stop by if you get the chance.
  • We had a good time here. This museum was filled with various photos, videos and details about the history of the Atomic Nuclear testings here in this state. There was an Atomic testing bunker theatre too, which simulates the experience being at an Atomic testing site. It runs every 15 minutes. I liked the little gift shop, and would highly recommend buying a drink or two that they have in their fridge. They all have very interesting names/design. I bought a Radioactive Soda (Mulberry flavour), and the cap has an interesting message under it! 😂

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