Revisit The Cold War All Over Again at The Atomic Testing Museum
Las Vegas is not lacking when it comes to a fun and/or funky museum that educates and entertains us with a stylish difference. We have the Neon Boneyard (where all the lost casino neon signs of yesteryear gather in a wasteyard for spectacular photo-ops); the Liberace Museum (this one is self-explanatory); the Pinball Hall of Fame (several classic pinball machines of their heyday) and of course, the Atomic Testing Museum.
Located just minutes east from the Las Vegas Strip, this phenomenal museum, like the period it covers (the Cold War of the late ‘40s through the ‘80s) is endlessly enthralling. It’s downright Smithsonian in its sharp fusion of themes: education, entertainment and politics all sleekly unfold through the galleries and exhibits (a massive 8,000 sq. ft.) combining first-person narratives, iconic artifacts, authentic documentations, newsreels, propaganda films, environmental re-creations, and best of all, and almost P.T. Barnum sense of theatricality.
Case in point, the atomic blast simulator where visitors step down into a concrete bunker that has been turned into a theater to watch a film of an above ground nuclear blast through a porthole. From the blinding light to windily shock waves to trembling motions underfoot, it all makes for a truly unique experience.
The gift shop is cute, with a fine array of learning material to choose from and a quirky Albert Einstein or Nikki Kruchev action figure doll ready to be taken home as a keepsake. If there is any complaints to be had with the museum, is that the how many soldiers were aversely affected by the above ground nuclear tests, and the subsequent medical experiments on American soldiers with questionable, radioactive elemented vaccinations is sadly overlooked.
Still, there is much to learn from The Atomic Testing Museum so we implore you to make the trek if you can.
The Atomic Testing Museum is open to the public:
Monday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 for Adults (18-65); $9.00 for Students, Seniors, Military Personnel, and Youth (6-17). Kids six and under get in for free.