The National Atomic Testing Museum (NATM) is a national science, history and educational institution that tells the story of America’s nuclear weapons testing program at the Nevada Test Site.
In addition to changing temporary exhibits the National Atomic Testing Museum showcases its collection of more than 12,000 unique artifacts in educational and inspiring exhibits. There is something for everyone to experience in dynamic displays presenting the history of the development and testing of one of man’s most significant inventions, a nuclear bomb.
Hate them or find them fascinating, it’s hard to deny that one of man’s most amazing achievements in technology is designed to kill, and in order to harness this power safely, they had to be tested. Nevada is known for having the highest concentration of nuclear-detonated weapons in the U.S. The Atomic Testing Museum is it’s shrine.
At the museum you will you can experience a simulated atmospheric nuclear bomb blast. You can explore how America developed the bomb during a covert program called “The Manhattan Project,” and learn about underground testing. You’ll also learn about the dangerous effects of radiation (fallout), and the culture of the atomic age including the ridiculous “Duck and Cover” video.
The museum is really interesting and the exhibits are very real and very immersive. This is definitely a great place to take kids if you have them, but it’s certainly not just for kids. We had a blast there (no pun intended), and we learned a lot about the functionality of an atom bomb.