Nevada was instrumental in the US development of the nuclear bomb with the creation of the Nevada Proving Grounds—later known as the Nevada Test Site and, today, the Nevada National Security Site — on 11 January 1951 to test the country’s nuclear devices. (For more information on this location, please check out this previous article.) The National Atomic Testing Museum is a national history and science institution that tells the incredible story of Nevada’s contribution to America’s nuclear weapons testing program. With collection-based exhibits, videos, and learning activities, visitors are privy to this incredible piece of state history in this remarkable Nevada museum.

The museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, please call (702) 794-5151. If you plan to go, reserve at least a couple of hours to take in everything. There are several movies, an incredible simulation of an above-ground nuclear test, and many exhibits with quite a bit of reading. Personally, I’ve been here several times, and each time I discover something new. If you are a history buff, or are simply looking for a nice distraction from “typical” Las Vegas activities, this is a great place to visit.

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