The Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas preserves and presents information and exhibits that describe the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Development and Testing Programs at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) from 1950 until 1992, and the resultant effect on U.S. Policy and Nevada economy over those years. Since its dedication and opening in 2005, the Museum has had 300,000 visitors. Of those, more than 50,000 have been students from schools in Southern Nevada ranging from 5th Grade to University level.

The Atomic Testing Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Currently, the final exhibit is a large piece of the Berlin Wall, exemplifying the role the NTS played in winning the Cold War with the Soviet Union. For many months, an adjacent exhibit was an I-beam from the World Trade Center, which portrayed the fact that although the Cold War had ended, the U.S. is engaged in another kind of War, and that the NTS was the bridge from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism. The I-beam was on loan from the Smithsonian through their Affiliate program and was returned to them last year. The Museum has just been given two artifacts in the form of an I-beam and a fragment of sheet metal from the World Trade Center. These items were obtained from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. One of those items will go back into the permanent display, next to the piece of the Berlin Wall. The other, much larger I-beam will go on permanent display in the Museum in a manner that allows visitors to both touch and photograph the exhibit.

On Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 at 1pm, a large I-beam section of the World Trade Center will be dedicated by Oscar Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas, at the Atomic Testing Museum, joined by our Congressional delegates, Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki, representatives of the Clark County Fire Department and NTS Fire Chief Charles Fauerbach, Colonel Howard D. Belote, Commander of Nellis AFB, and representatives from the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Nevada Test Site. Mr. Lee Ielpi and Mr. Fred Sager of the World Trade Center Tribute Foundation will give a multi-media presentation on the events of September 11, 2001. The lecture portion of the event will be open to the public and donations will be taken at the door. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held to celebrate the addition of the I-beams to the Museum collection and to recognize the continuing role and the many ways in which Nevada plays an important role in the War on Terrorism