Atomic Testing Museum
The Atomic Testing Museum is found in Las Vegas with your luxury car rental, and it documents the history of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site north of the city.
For decades, atomic testing played a large role in the military activity that took place in southern Nevada. From the first atomic explosion in 1951 until testing stopped in 1992, there were 928 nuclear weapons tested at the Nevada Test Site. Only with a world ban on testing atomic weapons was the practice stopped. However, there is no doubt what an important role this site played in the Cold War.
What To Expect
When you visit with your luxury car rental, you can expect to learn about one of the inventions that was so powerful, it has changed not only the way wars are fought, but how people live and think.
The museum covers the period from the first test at the site to the present. Among its exhibits, there is “Ground Zero Theater”, which simulates the experience of observing an atmospheric nuclear test. The theater gives you the feeling of watching a blast in person. From the concrete bunkers used at the original test site with the long wooden benches and warning lights. This exhibit along makes the trip with your luxury car rental worthwhile.
Other permanent exhibits portray the history of atomic testing through first-person narratives, artifacts, text, environmental recreations, theatrical devices, interactive elements, and graphics. The ideas are presented from multiple viewpoints as never seen before. Hands-on exhibits such as the one where you can use interactive arms to handle “radioactive” material will give you the feeling of being a scientist.
There are also more fun exhibits here, with features of the atomic bomb in popular culture. This shows how the bomb related to culture, from a box of Kix to “atomic cocktails”.
Visiting The Museum
If you decide to visit the museum with your luxury car rental, the price of admission is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors, military personnel, and youth. Children under 6 are free.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. It can be found in the Frank H. Rogers Science and Technology Building on the Desert Ranch Research Institute campus.
The Atomic Testing Museum is a great place to visit with your luxury car rental to learn about the history of a weapon that has changed the earth so dramatically over the last 50 years. Experiences here cannot be matched anywhere else in the United States, as Southern Nevada played such an important role in developing the bomb.