Las Vegas, Nevada: Atomic Testing Museum

RoadsideAmerica.com Team Field Report

National Atomic Testing Museum

Address:
755 E. Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV
Directions:
South side of downtown. I-15 exit onto Hwy 592 (Flamingo Rd.), then east about 1.5 miles. South side of the road, just past Paradise Rd.
Hours:
M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
702-794-5151
Admission:
Adults $22.
RA Rates:
Major Fun
Save to My Sights

Atomic Testing Museum.

Atomic Testing Museum
Freed from secrecy rules, America's bomb-makers have built a museum about what they did in the desert north of Las Vegas. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

Visitor Tips and News About Atomic Testing Museum

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Find the radioactive objects.

Atomic Testing Museum

Our family stopped in for what we thought was going to be a couple of hours at most. After four hours, my wife and kids had to drag me out. I'm a very technical person and this place is just so interesting and well documented. Maybe husbands should go to spend the day alone?

[Carl, 07/19/2019]
Atomic Testing Museum

Very interesting. Free parking. Look for a Groupon to save 50%, otherwise $22 an adult.

[Allie, 07/03/2016]

Miss Atom Bomb magnets.

Atomic Testing Museum

This is a wonderful museum about a terrible topic. Lots of great ironic pop culture specimens with atomic motifs such as cereal boxes, comic books and Miss Atomic Bomb 1957, and a great collection of Geiger counters. Oddly funny/frightening photos of mushroom clouds going off behind Las Vegas casinos in the late '40s. Educational and worth the visit.

[Gunnar Johnson, 12/04/2008]

Here's a view of Miss Atomic Bomb refrigerator magnets for sale.

Atomic Testing Museum

Open since 2005, the Atomic Testing Museum chronicles America's plunge into the nuclear age. Refreshingly devoid of modern-day political correctness, the museum simply presents life as it was between 1951 and 1992, when the Nevada Test Site (located 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas) detonated 928 atomic blasts in and under the desert.

"Sixty-five miles from Vegas? But isn't that, ummm, really, really close to The Strip?" you ask. Uh-huh ... and you'll see just how close when you view the photograph of a mushroom cloud rising behind the Las Vegas skyline. Patrons used to gather in the Sky Room of the Desert Inn to watch the detonations, which would shake the chandeliers seven minutes later.

Indeed, Vegas enthusiastically embraced the nukes, selling Atomic Cocktails, hosting bomb parties and sponsoring Miss Atomic Bomb beauty pageants. It was definitely a different era, and the Atomic Testing Museum does an excellent job -- with films, memorabilia and other vintage material -- of portraying these blasts from the past.

[Brian D. Smith, 04/24/2006]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Jerry Tarkanian Chews his TowelJerry Tarkanian Chews his Towel, Las Vegas, NV - < 1 mi.
Lucky Mustache of Hey Reb!Lucky Mustache of Hey Reb!, Las Vegas, NV - < 1 mi.
World's Tallest Ferris WheelWorld's Tallest Ferris Wheel, Las Vegas, NV - 1 mi.
In the region:
Giant Headless Statue Of Lenin, Las Vegas, NV - 2 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

September 20, 2019

My Sights

My Sights

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Nevada Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Capital City Museum, Frankfort, Kentucky (Sep 16-22, 2019)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now