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“Atomic good, Area 51 horrible”

The National Atomic Testing Museum
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Ranked #58 of 449 things to do in Las Vegas
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum is devoted to the Nevada Test Site.
Montreal, QC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Atomic good, Area 51 horrible”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

We visited both the Atomic testing museum and the additional Area 51 museum that was added next door. The atomic testing museum was interesting to say the least. It offered great imaged and video's of nuclear explosions and testing that was done by the USA however I find that it lacks greatly in explaining the who what and why's of nuclear powers. I guess this is why it's called the atomic testing museum and not the atomic energy museum. There is lots of potential here and it is worth the visit to the Atomic Testing museum.

When we were at the ticket booth we were offered the Area 51 museum as an add on to our entree fee. The fee was minimal but it really isn't worth it. I love alien stories and I am fascinated by them however this place is probably only interesting for the really really young ones as nothing feels geared for adults. Bits of stories printed and posted on the walls, darkness, green lights, bizare sounds, toys that are supposed to be Alien artifacts, drawings of what aliens could look like etc. This is really for kids, We couldn't take anything seriously in here and zipped out in about 10 minutes. Save your money and skip area 51.

Visited August 2012
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San Diego, California
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“It was as expected but they try to make it fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

The basic tour part is full of interestinghistory, artifacts and fim clips from the development of the atomic testing site over the years. It is well put together and self guided. We bought living social B1G1 tickets and paid to upgrade in order to include the Area 51 exhibits as well. The basic tour was nice but the Area 51 part Iwould say was more interesting for kids, although there were a lot of historical clips and information here as well. They have a pretty interesting gift shop and the kids really enjoyed the idea that they were aliens and got badges and lanyards. Good diversion from the craziness of Las Vegas for a few hours.

Visited August 2012
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Merced, California
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“Very informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012

My husband and I visited the Atomic Testing Museum and were not disappointed. The information was really eye-opening. Would definitely recommend this if you're into this type of history. (Visited in August 2011)

Visited October 2011
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Akron, Ohio
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“Pull away from craps tables for a bit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

If you have any interest in the Cold War or Atomic weapons, this place is an absolute must. They offer a fanstatic synopsis of the atomic race with Russia. I wanted to read every single exhibit completely. The displays offer a glimpse into what was a previously a Highly Classified world! Where else can you stand next to a thermonuclear weapon and get you picture taken? Thank God, the nuke was de-militarized and is now just a display! Seriously, the B53 ,
9 megaton city busting Nuke was in service until the late 90s. To see in while it was in service, you have to be in SAC or get shot. Overall, just a really cool museum. Try to talk to some of the volunteers. I spoke to a retired Atomic Testing Site employee, who personally oberved 5 above ground nuclear tests, and many below ground shots. God forbid that we forget the power of these weapons. Once the people who saw these blast in person die, we will only be left with theory. I pray that this theory will never be put into action, ever again! BTW, they have a cool gift shop! If the Area 51 Exhibit is still being shown, I thought it was good, but not great. Basically a quick review of UFO lore. At least I did get to see a some real "UFO Artifacts" froma UFO crash in the former Soviet Union. The "Artifacts" are little tubes with some metallic residue inside. The key thing is that this display purports the "Artifacts" to be from a real UFO! This raises some very interesting questions, which have be specualted upon in the UFO cyberworld. Remember; "THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE"!

Visited July 2012
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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“Good if you arent old enough to remember those things”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

Lots of pictures of the test sites and lots of actual materials and equipment used in the tests. If you are into mechanical things you would like that part. There are actual bombs to touch and look at and a real geiger counter that you can pick up and test samples...or yourself to see if you have radiation from the rain from fukashima! The so called bomb shelter experience where you go into a locked room is really lame. all you do is watch a movie and have the bleachers shake a little. The only really neat thing that I liked best were actual pieces of the Berlin wall and actual pieces of the world trade center that are right there and touchable. If you watch for coupons online you can get a few bucks off. Dont bother to go to the area 51 exhibit though. I have made better displays in my home made halloween decorations!

Visited July 2012
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