Our Collections

The National Atomic Testing Museum is a repository for one of the most comprehensive collections of nuclear history. As part of its mission, the National Atomic Testing Museum seeks to collect and preserve a wide variety of materials and artifacts relating to atomic testing, the Nevada Test Site, the Cold War, and nuclear and radiological science and technology. The current collection includes thousands of rare photographs, videos, artifacts, scientific and nuclear reports and data and one-of-a kind scientist collections.

Come and see a unique and extraordinary collection of the nation’s atomic testing programs.  Over 3500 artifacts consisting of one of the largest collections of survey meters spanning over 65 years, Mitchell Cameras to downhole cameras, and an international collection of Civil Defense items make up the collection.  We house over 16,000 official government and unofficial personal photos documenting 70 years of atomic history and 6000 documents that tell the story from the Pacific Proving Ground to the Nevada Test Site. The Museum’s library has a large collection of books, some rare and out-of-print and a large DVD collection of atomic testing movies. New items are being donated weekly and the collection has grown rapidly over the last three years.

Donate Your Artifacts:

Help the Museum grow by donating your photos, videos, biographical information, and artifacts. Contact us at 702-794-5151 or info@natm-nv.org.

Be A Part of the Cold War Warrior Archives:

Fill in a biographical sheet to obtain you own folder, documenting your part in the Cold War and Atomic Testing. When completed, please email to the Assistant Curator at Natalie.Luvera@natm-nv.org.

Conduct Research:

We can help students, historians and others with a nuclear or radiological project.


Filming and Photography at the Museum:

Still camera and digital photography is permitted in the main part of the museum for personal use only. Any commercial photography or videography requires a written agreement with the museum and payment of appropriate fees. Please email to the Assistant Curator at Natalie.Luvera@natm-nv.org.