When exploring Nevada’s enriching, multi-faced history, you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you mistakenly overlooked Nuclear Nevada. Luckily, one amazing resource, The National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, offers a robust look at the history of nuclear testing in southern Nevada and nationwide. Located a stones throw from the Strip, the National Test Site – now known as the Nevada National Security Site – was monumentally important in understanding nuclear warfare, and continues to be vital to national security to this day. A small number of free tours are available each month at the Nevada National Security Site itself, but are known to fill up almost instantly and are not booked through the museum. However, the National Atomic Testing Museum is open seven days a week and ready to fill that noggin with all the Atomic Nevada history you can imagine.

Thoroughly documenting the history of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site in the desert north of Las Vegas, the National Atomic Testing Museum outlines the fascinating story of America’s nuclear weapons program and the Cold War. Visitors touring the museum will assuredly take delight in never-before-seen, first-person narratives, impressive artifacts, theatrical devices, environmental recreations and interactive exhibits.

The National Atomic Testing Museum is home to both the Silo Museum, which plays a short film about the Nevada Test Site, and the multi-sensory Ground Zero Theater, which explains the history of atomic testing. Video footage of the actual atomic tests can also be found in other parts of the museum.

The National Atomic Testing Museum is filled with fascinating exhibits, from a display of authentic Geiger counters, radio badges and other testing devices to a range of ancient artifacts discovered in and around Nevada’s test area. Enormous drill bits and other equipment can be found in the Underground Testing Gallery, which offers a look at underground atomic testing.

One of the most interesting exhibits features an assortment of atomic-related memorabilia and chronicles the enormous impact that the atomic age had on pop culture. Visitors to the museum will even find a portion of the Berlin Wall, while the Innovators Gallery and its walls of photos pays tribute to the men and women who played a part in the history of atomic testing. The Atomic Testing Museum’s newest exhibit, AREA 51 MYTH OR REALITY is now open and included with your admission to the museum.


General                       $22.00
Senior                         $18.00
Student                       $18.00
Youth  (7 – 14)            $16.00
7 & Under                   FREE
Active Military              $18.00
Nevada Resident        $18.00
Family                         $65.00
     (2 adults and 3 youth)


Monday          10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday         10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday    10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday        10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday             10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday        10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday           12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

This Location:

Southern Nevada, Nevada


Las Vegas


Southern Nevada