History is something that should be fun and engaging during the learning process. The National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, NV tries to do that. Nevada was one of the main centers for research into the atomic bomb and other applications of atomic energy during most of the 20th century. The founders of the museum realized that many people don’t know a lot about the history of atomic energy nor how it actually works. This wonderful museum is designed so that the complicated science behind the use of atomic energy is better understood and appreciated by the public at large. Read on and find out why this fascinating museum should be on your itinerary the next time you visit Las Vegas.
What to See?
The National Atomic Testing Museum has an amazing selection of exhibits that educate the public on the history of atomic research from its earliest days at the turn of the 20th century to the 21st century and beyond. The museum is located near the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus and is relatively easy to locate. When visiting the museum you’ll learn everything you’ve wanted to know about the theory and application of atomic energy in both its military and civilian applications. My favorite permanent exhibit is the one that simulates an actual atomic bomb explosion complete with sound and light effects back dropped by footage from actual tests. It helped me have a better understand on how the atomic bomb works and just how powerful it really is. A different section teaches visitors about current atomic energy practices and how plants work hard to make sure that they operate safely.
Besides the permanent collection, there are regularly occurring special exhibits and events. The content of these special features vary but range from veterans groups to artist displays. I also enjoyed visiting the store because it has a lot of books about the subject for those interested in going a little deeper in their understanding of atomic energy.
What to Eat?
There are no dining options on site. I would recommend eating at one of the countless restaurants in the area that you are staying. There are countless choices on the strip that will please your appetite no matter what you fancy.
What’s the Cultural Value?
The cultural value of this museum can’t be understated. The atomic bomb changed the course of human history forever and this is the area where much of the work was done. Understanding the potency of atomic energy in all its forms helps one better appreciate the larger picture. I definitely think that the lessons learned here helped my understanding a great deal. Before my visit I didn’t understand a lot of the reality of atomic energy but afterwards I can to respect the awesome power that is to be found in such particles.
Recommended Place to Stay
My favorite place to stay while visiting Las Vegas is Hooters Casino Hotel. Although it’s not the fanciest hotel in Las Vegas, it’s relatively inexpensive and a very fun place. There are many casino games to play and a bona fide Hooter’s restaurant that has better service than most locations. The hotel is on one of the side streets of the Strip making it relatively easy for you to get out of that part of town to head towards the museum.
How Is the Overall Rating?
I can’t state how I love the National Atomic Testing Museum enough. This wonderful museum has everything that a great museum should have. It’s informative, entertaining and a total delight for everyone who visits. There one thing that I was wish was different was some sort of food available for purchase (even snacks would be better than nothing.) This place earns a 4.5/5 because it’s nearly perfect but the lack of provisions can’t be ignored.