National Atomic Testing Museum has Family Fun Day on Nov. 10
Interactive exhibits, activities and more are scheduled for Family Fun Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at the National Atomic Testing Museum, 755 E. Flamingo Road in Las Vegas.
The museum tells the story of the Nevada National Security Site (formerly the Nevada Test Site), 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, where weapons were tested from 1951 to 1992. At a recent visit, we were fascinated by touch-screen videos explaining thermonuclear explosions, a vintage cartoon that was used to explain the structure of an atom to the American public and a B-53 thermonuclear bomb.
Timelines explain the development of nuclear weapons in the 1940s, the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union throughout the 1950s and ’60s, the Limited Test Ban Treaty of 1963 that prohibited all but underground testing and the end of nuclear weapons testing in 1992.
A temporary exhibit, “Area 51: Myth or Reality,” is up through September 2013, explores theories of UFOs and space aliens connected to Area 51, a military base in southern Nevada.
Tickets to Family Fun Day are $15 for a family of five ($5 for each additional child), and $25 for admission into the Area 51 exhibit. Details: 702-794-5151, www.nationalatomictestingmuseum.org.