Please make arrangements to arrive early enough for adequate parking. We recommend returning on any other browser. As a result, the community of Mercury, Nevada was established and used as a bit of a home base. Formed in 1962, the experiment incorporated a 104-kiloton thermonuclear device and underground detonation, which moved 12 million tons of earth. Please indicate on your paperwork a first and second date of choice. Homes closest to the blast were obliterated, but several others withstood the blast and are a point of interest on the NNSS Tour today. Yep, the National Atomic Testing Museum is located not far from the Strip, but you can really kick your history lesson up a notch by snagging a spot on a tour to the Nevada National Security Site. Space is limited and seats fill quickly, on a first-come, first-served basis. But trust us—you'll be glad you did! Founded to increase the domestic preparedness to combat terrorist threats, the NNSS invites all first responders to participate in this free training, in order to better understand proper response to terrorist use of radiological or nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Free, general interest tours of the NNSS run on a monthly basis, but fill up almost immediately for the entire year. Each tour usually covers about 250 miles. Scientists were interested in understanding what would happen if a typical home were exposed to an atomic blast and if a nuclear blast would effect the engine of the vehicles parked outside. Located on Frenchman Flat, this area was formerly known as the HAZMAT Spill Center and opened in 1986. Public tours are conducted only four times a year, with specific dates determined a few months in advance. There is a possibility that the tour may be postponed for operational reasons. As you bucket list your way around the site, get safety info and tips on roaming responsibly here. Today, the site focuses on testing and understanding a variety of scenarios in relation to chemical release. Participants will receive a confirmation package 7-10 days prior to the visit. To sign up, just go to the Nevada National Security Site website and see the tour schedule. Tour escorts are required to do random checks. The first nationally televised nuclear test, Annie, was conducted in 1953. If you have any of these items in your possession, please return them to your vehicle. (702) 295-3521. The mode of transportation provided is usually a chartered bus equipped with a restroom. As the world’s largest facility for open air testing of hazardous toxic materials and biological stimulants, it’s no wonder this is a point of interest on the National Security Site Tour. Visit Coordination Staff
Instead, wrap your brain around seven amazing points of interest you will most definitely check out on the tour. BUT, please note that tours are not booked through the museum, but instead the Nevada National Security Site. The following items are prohibited on the Nevada National Security Site public tours. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. The tour is an all-day affair: arrive at the departure point (the incredible Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas) by 7 AM, board the bus, drive to the Site (a drive of an hour or more), spend the whole day at the Site, and return around 4 PM.
Interestingly enough, this test was witnessed by a whopping 600 observers and media, overlooking from News Knob. Today, visitors can see remnants from this “town” that withstood the blast, including a bank vault, motel and private residence infrastructure, train tracks and more. Tours typically happen on a Tuesday each month. Groups, civic or technical organizations, and private clubs may request specially arranged tours – minimum of 25 people – by calling (702) 295-0944.