Even if you’re not a history buff, the facts and exhibits you’ll discover at the National Atomic Testing Museum will blow your mind (pun intended). This 10,000 square foot museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian Museum, and details the history of the Nevada Test Site (NTS) which was, astonishingly, located only 65 miles outside of Las Vegas. When they were testing atomic bombs, you could see mushroom clouds from your Vegas hotel room.
The interactive exhibits at this museum get you thinking, and encourage you to imagine what it must have been like to live in the Atomic era. The pop culture exhibit features a book on “Survival Under Atomic Attack”, and a box of “Atomic Fireball” candy. Test your radioactivity with real equipment, and experience a simulated explosion in a theater designed to look like a bunker.