During the throes of World War II, the Nevada desert was used as a staging ground for the Manhattan Project and the terrible power which resulted from it. Las Vegas’ Atomic Testing Museum is a one-of-a-kind look into the history of America’s birth of this, the most terrifying weapon known to mankind. What could be more captivating?
The Las Vegas Atomic Testing Museum hosts numerous exhibits, but is careful to hold their selves to a high standard when it comes to engaging exhibits. Nothing here reads like a history book. An interactive motion simulator gives visitors a taste of what it was like at the testing center during the tests carried out here from 1951 to 1992, and there’s a disturbing reality to some of the exhibits which tell of the awful power and the cosmic energy capabilities of atomic fission.
A division of the Smithsonian, the Atomic Testing Museum has exhibits for both adults and kids alike—while the parents are learning about the underground testing facilities, kids can play with Geiger counters and use touch-screens to expand their minds and educational games to keep them captivated. The museum also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, the most popular of which being the Pub Lectures in which museum docents blend science and history with culture and modern times.
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The Atomic Testing Museum is located at 755 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Tickets for adults are $14–$20 (depending on whether or not you want to visit the Area 51 site) and $11 for Seniors and Youth.