Fallout shelter paraphernalia.
Fallout shelter paraphernalia.

Atomic Fallout Shelter Theater

Field review by the editors.

Wall Township, New Jersey

Former US Army base Camp Evans (site of the Marconi transatlantic wireless station), has been repurposed as a hub of small, eclectic science museums. One of its many fascinating exhibits is in the basement of the main building. The "Fallout Shelter" recreates the feel of a 1950s atomic attack refuge, with cinder block walls and a cement floor, its wooden shelves stacked with barrels of water and cans of "survival crackers."

Geiger counter and emergency communication equipment.
Geiger counter and emergency communication equipment.

The L-shaped room doubles as a theater, presenting videos of government public service films such as "Duck and Cover" and "Radiological Defense." Pretty much anything Camp Evans museum volunteers have found related to civil defense has ended up on display: Geiger counters, dosimeters, soggy looking boxes of unused survival supplies. Public awareness posters line one wall, from a time when only irresponsible families failed to dig an underground survival bunker.

There are plenty of other museums to see at Camp Evans, but make sure you ask someone to point you towards the Fallout Shelter so you don't miss it.

Atomic Fallout Shelter Theater

InfoAge

Address:
2201 Marconi Rd, Wall Township, NJ
Directions:
Hwy 18 exits 7 or 7A. From 7 go through the stop sign, then drive south a half-mile on Marconi Rd. From 7A drive east a half-mile on Brighton Ave., turn right at the stop sign, then drive south a half-mile on Marconi Rd. The museum is on the right.
Hours:
W, Sa-Su 1-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
732-280-3000
Admission:
Donation $5 covers all museums.
RA Rates:
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