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“Great small museum.”

The National Atomic Testing Museum
Ranked #83 of 467 things to do in Las Vegas
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum is devoted to the Nevada Test Site.
Reviewed February 28, 2016

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.

Thank sundinkc
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Reviewed February 24, 2016 via mobile

Very informative and well curated exhibits. History started with the first bombs, explaining testing, technology, and controversy. I loved the movie from the 1950s (?) that explained fission - cute and helpful. What I found most captivating though, were the many other uses of the Nevada Test Site, both then and now. Rocket development, Apollo mission training, WMD response training.... Active site!

We got a fantastic coupon deal that included the Area 51 exhibit. That display was very cheesy - glad we didn't pay for it. There were a few interesting nuggets but overall, it seemed like a kids school project.

Thank Julie B
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Reviewed February 19, 2016

This tells an amazing story that I never knew how huge and large our testing program was-----and why we had to keep doing it. Should see this story, it is very interesting. I found groupon--making this a great deal

Thank steve r
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Reviewed February 19, 2016

The museum was very interesting, but all the information was almost too overwhelming. It was a lot of reading, but I still appreciate the effort that was made to help us understand such a complicated topic. It was also fun to go to the extra exhibit - Area 51...myth or reality?!

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Reviewed February 18, 2016

We spent 2 1/2 hours in this museum. What a surprise. It was a fascinating insight into an historic era... I fully expected to blast through (pun intended) but the exhibits were intriguing and well presented. I learned things and relearned things I had forgotten. Probably best for the 50 and older crowd that know more about WWII and the Cold War but we saw a few younger people there too. Video clips and interactive exhibits enhanced the experience. They have a cool film in a small theater showing an atomic explosion. I won't spoil it but the special effects were a surprise.

The Area 51 exhibit was weak. There is an add on charge for this. Save your money. I believe it is a special exhibit and it is ending soon anyway.

We spent our morning in the museum and we went to "Mint Indian Bistro" directly across the street for a fabulous lunch. Their lunch buffet was great!

Thank Pioneer809151
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