Thursday, February 24, 2005

Atomic Testing Museum A Real Blast For Las Vegas Tourists

LAS VEGAS (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If a little “nukey” never hurt anyone, then a museum dedicated to atomic testing is sure to be a blast.

The Atomic Testing Museum just opened in Las Vegas this past Sunday (Feb. 20) and, so far, tourists are blown away by the exhibits.

The museum is designed to emphasize all aspects of the atomic age and includes displays of a 1953 high school yearbook featuring a mushroom cloud on the cover as well as film footage from the “Miss Atomic Bomb” beauty pageant.

Even the gift shop sells pictures of bomb blastings, Albert Einstein action figures, and ties featuring the Enola Gay, the airplane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan.

Spokesman Bill Johnson says there are as many researchers who are proud of their work creating the bombs as there are anti- nuclear activists and he wants the museum to cover both sides of the explosive issue.

So far, he’s sticking to his guns. Although there were protesters in front of the museum on opening day, Johnson got on their good side by asking them to donate their protest signs to the museum’s permanent collection.

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