National Atomic Testing Museum

755 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA

About National Atomic Testing Museum

4.5 / 5

from reviews

    Bill G
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    August 10, 2022

    Great museum detailing the history of atomic testing and the people involved. Regular admission rice was $24 for an adult but cheaper prices were available for certain criteria. There was a small theater halfway through with a ten minute video that included the experience of being near an atomic blast, complete with lights, sound and air pressure. We really enjoyed the museum and found a few items at the gift shop.

    Heather B. (Not my RealName)
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    January 16, 2022

    I love Groupon and I loved this museum. There was so much more than I anticipated, including pieces of the twin towers, a piece of the Berlin wall, educational info & photos of other testing sites, and even a copy of a letter that Albert Einstein wrote to President Roosevelt. This was really a great way to spend an afternoon!

    Lari Habi
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    August 07, 2022

    Such a lovely museum! A must see during your stay in Vegas. We used the Go City Pass to enter, which was really easy to use. The museum itself is great, very informative and it's just fun to go through everything and learn more about Nevada's atomic history.

    Andrew P
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    May 29, 2022

    Visited using the GoCity pass. Cool little place that shows the history of Atomic testing. Definitely a non touristy thing to do in Vegas. Even touched a piece of the World Trade Center metal beam

    Ambrose Kalifornia
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    July 11, 2022

    So, this is a place that has been on the list for a while now. I'm a big fan of Peter Kuran's "Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie." His work is like surrealistic art; like slow-motion watercolors painted with atomic fire. The beauty and awe of blossoming explosions set to orchestra distracts from the horror these weapons were created for, and created to fight. In some ways, this museum is guilty for this as well, with a great deal of information on the development of the weapon, but little on the actual effects. This was no doubt one of the crowning achievements in American Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics but there isn't quite as much to engage young people as I would have expected either. These are minor quibbles, though. This is a science museum and it is a FANTASTIC one. Leading you through the science behind and development of atomic weapons is it's mission and it does that well. There is so much information here that reading all of the exhibits would be like finishing and entire book on the subject material. There's bombs to pose with and a giant scale model of The Gadget. There are also a few hands-on encounters for more interactive learners. Lastly there is a fantastic representation of the history of the era in several respects, from period science cartoons playing on a loop to a well dressed 1940's mannequin family in a fallout shelter. There's even a bit about science fiction! And a giant robot! The most exciting part was definitely the atomic bomb ssimulator room, where it gives you some idea about what it would be like to actually be present at a test! It's a little scary for small children but it's a very cool part of the museum. I especially like the Las Vegas connection to the testing, as it's a little more lighthearted, and a good contrast to all the science and military hardware here. All and all, A+! It's an impressive building and a blissfully cool respite from the desert heat. Parking is also much easier than most of Vegas. The staff was super friendly and when I went there were other visitors but nothing like a crowd. I was also able to take advantage of the Museums For All discount. If you have the ability this museum is an absolute can't miss. And if you're on a road trip be sure to check out The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, New Mexico! No bomb simulator but it DOES have an Atomic Annie!

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    755 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA

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