Friday, January 18, 2013

National Atomic Testing Museum

Las Vegas is home to a fascinating museum, the National Atomic Testing Museum. The museum, affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, is one of only thirty-seven national museums in the United States. The displays record American nuclear history at the Nevada Test Site, covering the time period from 1951 to the present. The exhibits cover the development of the bomb, atmospheric testing, underground testing, radiation, and atomic culture. At the Ground Zero Theater, you will experience a simulated atmospheric bomb blast. For an extra charge, there is the new exhibit, Area 51–Myth or Reality.

The museum has a free podcast audio tour that may be downloaded from their website. The podcast tour should be downloaded before going to the museum and don't forget to bring your headphones.

The museum will be featured in the conference Museum Tour on Tuesday. If you can't make the tour, the museum is two miles from the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, just a twenty minute bus ride away.

National Atomic Testing Museum
755 E Flamingo Road,
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Hours: MondaySaturday, 10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m. There is an admission charge and they offere reduced rates to seniors, 62+.  There is also a reference library.


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