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L to R: Dorothy Oppenheimer Vanderford, Granddaughter of J. Robert Oppenheimer; Charles Oppenheimer, Grandson of J. Robert Oppenheimer; Replica of the Trinity Gadget Inside the Atomic Museum.
(Photo Courtesy L to R: Dorothy Oppenheimer Vanderford; Charles Oppenheimer; Chris Wessling for the Atomic Museum)
ATOMIC MUSEUM TO HOST EXCLUSIVE DISCUSSION WITH FAMILY OF PHYSICIST J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER AT THE BEVERLY THEATER, THURSDAY, JULY 27
Event Follows Release of Christopher Nolan’s “OPPENHEIMER” Film
Tickets to Discussion Currently Available Here
LAS VEGAS (July 2023) – On Thursday, July 27, the Atomic Museum will host an exclusive conversation with the grandchildren of the distinguished American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer at The Beverly Theater in Downtown Las Vegas. The event will follow the Friday, July 21 release of Christopher Nolan’s biographical thriller, “OPPENHEIMER,” in theaters nationwide.
Attendees will receive the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear first-hand perspectives from J. Robert Oppenheimer’s grandchildren Dorothy Oppenheimer Vanderford and Charles Oppenheimer as they discuss their grandfather’s legacy as “the father of the atomic bomb.” The Q&A discussion led by Atomic Museum Chief Executive Officer Rob McCoy will also include topics such as the portrayal of their grandfather in the “OPPENHEIMER” film and other biographies, the narrative the Oppenheimer family shares about their grandfather, the peace movement against nuclear weapons for warfare and the Oppenheimer Project established to address existential threats that arise from the growth of science and technology.
Currently a key employee at the Nevada National Security Sites (formerly known as the Nevada Test Site where hundreds of nuclear bombs were tested), Dorothy Oppenheimer Vanderford will also share her inspiration for pursuing a career within the nuclear industry.
Additionally, the event will also include a cocktail reception and the unveiling of an original portrait of J. Robert Oppenheimer created by local artist Martin Kreloff. Following the event, the piece will be displayed at the Atomic Museum before it is permanently gifted to the Oppenheimer family.
“In addition to our exhibit ‘Trinity, The Day the World Changed,’ which details the history of the Manhattan Project and Oppenheimer’s legacy of creating the world’s first atomic bomb, we look forward to providing the public with the opportunity to learn more about the theoretical physicist and his impact heard directly from his family,” said McCoy.
Tickets to the discussion are currently available for $35 per person and can be purchased here. Admission includes access to a cocktail reception from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by the Q&A discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Atomic Museum to preserve and foster public accessibility to the history associated with the Nevada Test Site and the nation’s nuclear weapons program.
ABOUT THE ATOMIC MUSEUM
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 atomicmuseum.vegas and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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