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Only a mile or so from the Strip, the Atomic Testing Museum on the grounds of the Desert Research Institute is a testament to the 1950s Cold War and America's increasing nuclear weapon program. For those who don't know, the Nevada Test Site, about 50 miles north of Las Vegas, was the site of nuclear weapons testing for many years during the 1950s and beyond. In fact, the mushroom clouds of the above-ground tests could often be viewed from Vegas. This new museum has been in development since the mid-1990s, but just opened in 2005. Inside, visitors can view literally thousands of items related to the Test Site and the nuclear program -- even a letter from Albert Einstein regarding the program. It's a fascinating look back into a terrifying and mystifying time in the nation's history. Open Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm * Sunday from 1pm-5pm. * Admission prices are $10 adults, * $7 seniors, military, and students with ID, * Children 6 and under free.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|