National Atomic Testing Museum
If you’re tired of casinos or want to see something unique to Las Vegas, you should consider Nevada’s National Atomic Testing Museum or NATM. This museum, located near UNLV tells the story of the Nevada test site. NATM has over 8,000 square feet of exhibition space and contains over 16,000 official government documents and photos chronicling the decades of nuclear testing.
Also, for a nominal price, you can attend the NATM’s “Distinguished Lecture Series,” you’ll hear lectures on fascinating subjects concerning the history of World War II, nuclear spying, atomic powered space travel, North Korea’s nuclear threat, and even an art exhibition. This museum mixes lessons of past and also the present in the hopes that the visitor will gain an understanding of nuclear bomb testing and the role that atomic bombs have played in our modern day society. All ages and people of all socio-economic backgrounds will find something of interest.
Here are a few things you will learn:
- The history of Nevada’s test site ranging from the underground bomb tests to above-ground testing
- Reasons why the test site was built
- A true-to-life replica of the actual control room where the atomic bomb tests took place
- View a simulation of a real above-ground test
- Learn atomic testings history and its role in both USA security and how the testing has helped world stability
Some of the NATMs many exhibits are an above-ground atomic testing exhibit, a look at underground nuclear testing, effects of radiation, simulated, ground zero atomic blast, a replica of a real reactor used in the development of a nuclear-powered rocket and missiles, and you will also see a backpack nuclear weapon!
755 E Flamingo Rd,
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Monday through Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: Noon to 5 pm
Closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day
Admission Charge: $22 for general admission with discounts for groups of 10 or more
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