May 30, 2023



Replica of the Trinity Gadget inside the Atomic Museum.
(Photo Courtesy of Chris Wessling for the Atomic Museum)


LAS VEGAS (May 2023)The Atomic Museum announces its roster of June public programs and promotions.

All museum events require registration. For more information on the museum’s programs and to register, visit

Space Craze Distinguished Lecture
Date: Thursday, June 8
Time: Reception from 5 to 6 p.m.; lecture from 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Atomic Museum and Zoom.
Cost: General admission is $20 and student admission is $15. Little Boy level members and above are free. To register, click here.
Description: The Atomic Museum invites guests to a distinguished lecture with Dr. Margaret A. Weitekamp, chair and curator for the department of space history at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Attendees can enjoy a reception at the Atomic Museum followed by Weitekamp’s presentation on her book, “Space Craze: America’s Enduring Fascination with Real and Imagined Spaceflight.” The lecture may also be enjoyed via Zoom.
Speaker: Dr. Margaret A. Weitekamp serves as chair for the space history department at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. In addition, she also curates the museum’s social and cultural history of spaceflight, including a collection of more than 5,000 artifacts across space memorabilia and space science fiction objects. These everyday mementos of the space age—which include toys and games, medals and awards, buttons and pins, as well as comics and trading cards—complete the story about spaceflight told by the museum’s collection of space hardware and technologies. Her 2022 book, “Space Craze: America’s Enduring Fascination with Real and Imagined Spaceflight,” is based on this work.

Sally’s Night
Date: Friday, June 23
Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
Location: Atomic Museum 
Cost: Admission is complimentary but space is limited. To register, click here.
Description: In celebration of Sally’s Night, the first night American astronaut Sally Ride looked at the earth from space, the Atomic Museum invites kindergarten through 8th grade students and their families to discover how space and science can deliver energy, passion, excitement and joy. Special science demonstrations will be conducted and attendees can experience STEM stations with space-themed activities. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian, the Atomic Museum will join other notable museums across the country in celebrating Ride’s extraordinary career and passion this June.

Extended Hours of Operation
Date: Now through Friday, Sept. 15
Time: Daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with last entry at 6 p.m.
Location: Atomic Museum
Cost: General admission tickets are $29 per person. The Atomic Museum also offers discounted admission for seniors 65 and older, military, first responders, Nevada residents and youths ages 7 to 17. Children under 6 are free. To purchase tickets, visit
Description: To provide guests with more opportunities to view the extensive collection of atomic pop culture artifacts and captivating exhibits telling the story of the nation’s nuclear weapons program, the Atomic Museum is offering extended summer hours daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with last entry at 6 p.m.

The Atomic Museum is operated and maintained by its parent company, the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation (NTSHF), an IRS 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit organization chartered in Nevada. The Atomic Museum is one of 37 museums designated as an Affiliate Partner of the Smithsonian Institution and is a repository for one of the most comprehensive collections of nuclear history in the world. Covering nuclear history beginning with the first test at the Nevada Test Site on January 27, 1951, the Atomic Museum’s exhibitions and programming also address current affairs related to the nuclear industry.  For more information, go to and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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