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What a lesson about atomic tests!
A very well organized museum that mustn't be missed when in Vegas. It is part of Nevada university complex. The exposition is extremely well displayed , showing the creation and main facts of the site of atomic tests of Nevada state . There are also details about atmospheric and underground tests , informations about the Cold War , tests at Pacific Ocean , and good timelines as an interesting theater that exhibits a simulation of explosion.
The museum has a typical nationalist touch and failed in just one point: didn't tell to where the radiation went , after so many decades of bombings and fallout.
Atomic Testing Museum
The Atomic Testing Museum, as the name suggests, is all about how Nevada was used by the US military for atomic bomb testing in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. The regular over ground detonation tests became something of a local tourist attraction, with people in Las Vegas able to get a good view of mushroom clouds in the distance. The tests were popular, seen as a show of American military might, and technological prowess. Atomic science also influenced popular culture, especially comic books and science fiction, which predicted every home would have a nuclear reactor one day! The museum features photographs of the tests, souvenirs from comics and touch screen documentary videos. The highlight of the museum is every 10 minutes or so, you can go into a simulated atomic bomb test: you sit on bleachers, hear official warnings about the blast, then at the end of the countdown, you see a flash and seconds later are buffeted by strong winds. They also have additional seasonal exhibits, there was one on Area 51 when I was there.
The Atomic Testing Museum
This is an awesome museum and impressed my oldest along with his parents. So many facts, features and so much information we didn’t know about. I am thankful for all those who sacrifice their safety and normalcy so we all could stay safe. It is a must see for all those nuclear families! A couple of wonderful video presentations and some hands on displays for the kids.
$12.00 Adults Ages 18-65
$9.00 Seniors Ages 65+
$9.00 Military With ID
$9.00 Youth Ages 7-17
$9.00 Student With ID
$9.00 NV Resident With ID
FREE Youth Ages 6 and under
FREE NTSHF Members present card
THE ATOMIC TESTING MUSEUM IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
Monday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
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Off the Strip-List of Museums and Visits
Here are some recommendations I have made to visitors that get you off The Strip:
1) Atomic Testing Museum: http://www.atomictestingmuseum.org/. Only a few miles
from The Strip. I was just there last weekend. I cool museum about the history
of above- and below-ground nuclear testing at the NV Test Site. 755 E. Flamingo
Rd. $10. 794-5151.
2) Clark County Museum (Heritage House Museum):
http://www.co.clark.nv.us/parks/Clark_County_Museum.htm Homes from around
Southern NV have been moved to this museum and the interiors have been decorated in different periods. I love this museum. 1830 S. Boulder Highway. $1.50. 455-7955
3) First Fridays in the fledgling Downtown Arts District (on the first Friday of each month).
http://www.firstfriday-lasvegas.org/next.html . This is a big friendly hip (but
not overly hip) place to be. Don't miss it!
4) The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort. http://parks.nv.gov/olvmf.htm See the original buildings that founded Las Vegas. Next door is the Las Vegas Natural History Museum - small but entertaining. 500 E. Washington. 486-3511.
5) The saloon at Bonnie Springs Ranch near Red Rock Canyon. This is not a
recreation, this is a true old dive saloon. A great mix of all different types
of people. http://www.bonniesprings.com/
6) Outdoor Ice Skating at the Mount Charleston Hotel.
Mt. Charleston can be 10-20 degrees cooler than in LV valley.
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