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The Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas

Updated on March 24, 2011

Welcome back to the Atomic Age

In the desert north of Las Vegas, in the years following the end of World War II, the Nevada Test Site was a place where atomic bombs were tested. A few years ago, the Atomic Testing Museum was created to bring people back to that time and place in Las Vegas' history.

The museum is not actually located at the test site, but is actually in Paradise, which is a suburb south of Las Vegas. The interactive exhibits there are fun for the whole family and will show your children what duck and cover really means.

What is there to do at the Atomic Testing Museum

The Atomic Testing Museum has a Ground Zero Theater, which thankfully has absolutely nothing to do with 9/11 and everything to do with an atomic bomb test. In this theater you can experience the feeling of observing an atmospheric atomic bomb test.

Of course, although atomic bomb explosions are fun to watch, there is a downside. The radioactivity from the atomic tests still persists in all of the Las Vegas area today. That doesn't mean it's dangerous to be there, just that scientific instruments like Geiger counters can detect that an atomic bomb was set off in the area, even though it was nearly 60 years ago.

You can get to the museum by taking a taxi from The Strip or you can drive there by going south on Las Vegas Blvd. The museum is located on 755 E. Flamingo Rd.


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    Abecedarian 7 years ago from These United States, Texas

    Amazing. An older couple that lived across the street from us at one time lived in Vegas when the testing was done. He was in charge of trucks and equipment going there to see what the results were. I was amazed that he lived well into his 70's considering what he did. He was even stationed as a part of the diving team that went in the water after bombs were tested there.