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The Atomic Museum’s Smithsonian Affiliation

Did you know that the Atomic Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian? The Atomic Museum is an affiliate of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution, offering its members unparalleled access to a network of 57 Smithsonian Affiliate museums and educational organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico. This exciting affiliation opens doors to new experiences, discoveries, and adventures for museum enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Nestled in the heart of Las Vegas, Nevada, The Atomic Museum explores the mysteries of atomic testing and its impact on human life. Transporting you to an era when nuclear shelters and radiation suits were the norm, the museum offers a compelling journey through our nuclear history. Visitors uncover the scientific intricacies of atomic testing and gain invaluable insights into its far-reaching consequences on our global landscape.

But your journey doesn’t have to end there. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, The Atomic Museum is your portal to a boundless universe of discovery and wonder. One of the most remarkable perks of being a Smithsonian Affiliate is gaining access to a network of 57 prestigious institutions nationwide. Members get free admission to Smithsonian Affiliate Reciprocal Museums (SARP) institutions around the country, like the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, or the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

What does Smithsonian Affiliation mean for you?

The Smithsonian Affiliate Reciprocal Membership Program gives you access to 57 participating affiliates in the U.S. (and one in Puerto Rico) who have elected to offer certain reciprocal membership benefits to other affiliates participating in the program.

When you present your Atomic Museum membership card at any of the participating affiliations, you’ll get:

  • Free Admission for two
  • Special member discounts on purchases made on the premises for concert and lecture tickets
  • Special member discounts in gift stores

That’s access to 57 different institutions with one membership to the Atomic Museum! Join us at The Atomic Museum and unlock the gateway to the Smithsonian experience.


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