The Las Vegas museum that enshrines the efforts of nuclear weapons testing at the Nevada Test Site officially received national museum distinction.
Administrators for the museum said Tuesday thanks to the recent signing of the Defense Authorization Act, the Atomic Testing Museum could now be called the National Atomic Testing Museum.
An official announcement of the renaming is slated for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the newly named museum.
Museum chair Troy Wade recognized efforts by Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Joe Heck for throwing support in getting the museum this recognition.
"The entire Museum family is grateful to Sen. Reid for taking the lead in obtaining this unique designation for our museum," said Wade. "Without his sponsorship in the Senate, the language would likely have been removed."
Wade recognized Rep. Heck, who inserted the language needed for it to pass Conference review in the House.
Las Vegas' atomic testing museum is now one of 36 museums with "national" distinction
Wade said the National label will bolster the attraction's exposure to visitors to Las Vegas.
For more information on the National Atomic Testing Museum, visit at www.atomictestingmuseum.org.
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