Discover Gr8 Museums: National Atomic Testing Museum - 8 News NOW

Discover Gr8 Museums: National Atomic Testing Museum

Museums in Las Vegas? You bet! Las Vegas has a rich history and plenty of stories and artifacts to illuminate its past.  In 2014, 8 News NOW and our Community Pride partners: NV Energy, Findlay Automotive Group and Greenman, Goldberg, Raby Martinez Law Firm, want to give you an opportunity to learn and explore several Las Vegas museums! We want you and your family to discover amazing and diverse Las Vegas museum offerings. Get an explosive firsthand look at the relics featured at the National Atomic Testing Museum or take a step back in time at the Mob Museum. Whether it's a walk through our hidden wetlands or a walk down memory lane though the Neon Museum, we hope you explore one or all of the 11 Southern Nevadan museums we will highlight throughout the year. Each museum will be highlighted for three weeks; go to our Community Pride Facebook page to learn more!

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About the National Atomic Testing Museum:

Founded in 1998 to preserve the legacy of the Nevada Test Site, the National Atomic Testing Museum's mission is to document and interpret the unique history associated with nuclear weapons research conducted at the Nevada Test Site within the context of state, national and global importance.  The National Atomic Testing Museum is dedicated to Nevada and American history and the innovative technological achievements that were discovered at the Test Site to include mining, film, and engineering.  The Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate.

Visitors learn about nuclear fission and fusion in a Walt Disney cartoon from the 1950's; wide screen video display images of Nazi scientists developing a nuclear weapon, and warnings of Albert Einstein to Franklin Roosevelt in 1939 about German nuclear intentions.  Letters from President Truman establishing the Nevada Test Site are displayed along with satellite photos of the Test Site and a recreation of the office of the first Test Site Director.  In the Museum's immersive Ground Zero Theater visitors experience a simulated nuclear detonation.  We have recently opened the exhibit: AREA 51 MYTH OR REALITY, exploring recently declassified scientific information on top-secret aircraft designed and tested in AREA 51, and phenomenon that goes along with UFO stories.

For more information, visit www.nationalatomictestingmuseum.org.

To make a donation click here: http://www.nationalatomictestingmuseum.org/donation.aspx

Or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ATM.NTSHF

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