I was in town for a conference and had a few hours to kill. I decided to check out the National Atomic Testing Museum based on a favorable guidebook review. I was not disappointed. It is a small museum. I was in and out in about an hour. The permanent exhibit, about the history of the Nevada Test Site, is great. A lot of artifacts and great interpretation is provided. There are a few short movies throughout the exhibit about various topics from what exactly a nuclear reaction is to all the various ways that American culture was impacted by nuclear testing. There is a feature movie which replicates, through big speakers (think a lot of bass) and fans what it was like to witness an atomic test.
There was a temporary exhibit about Area 51 which was awful. Scattered and little to no interpretation. I had no idea what I was looking at or how it fit in to what I was looking at 5 seconds before. Lacking in narrative.
This being said, this is a great little museum that tells a story that doesn't get a lot of attention. Highly recommend.
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