Atomic tourism is a relatively new type of tourism in which visitors learn about the Atomic Age by traveling to significant sites in atomic history such as museums with atomic weapons, vehicles that carried atomic weapons or sites where atomic weapons were detonated. The Center for Land Use Interpretation has conducted tours of the Nevada Test Site, Trinity Site, and other historical atomic age sites, to explore the cultural significance of these Cold War nuclear zones. The book Overlook: Exploring the Internal Fringes of America describes the purpose of this tourism as "windows into the American psyche, landmarks that manifest the rich ambiguities of the nation's cultural history." A Bureau of Atomic Tourism was proposed by American photographer Richard Misrach and writer Myriam Weisang Misrach in 1990.
Los Alamos Historical Museum, Los Alamos, New Mexico - items from the Manhattan Project
Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos, New Mexico - history of the Manhattan Project
X-10 Graphite Reactor, Oak Ridge, Tennessee - first nuclear reactor to produce Plutonium 239
Savannah River Site, South Carolina - production site of plutonium and tritium
Experimental Breeder Reactor I, Arco, Idaho - first nuclear reactor to produce electrical power, first breeder reactor, and first reactor to use plutonium as fuel
Hanford Site, Washington - location of the B Reactor which produced some of the plutonium for the Trinity test and the Fat Man bomb
George Herbert Jones Laboratory, Chicago, Illinois - where plutonium was first isolated and characterized
American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee - bomb casings
National Atomic Testing Museum, Paradise, Nevada - Nevada Test Site
Strategic Missile Forces Museum, Ukraine
National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Albuquerque
Tinian Airfield, Northern Mariana Islands - launch site for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during World War II
Titan Missile Museum, Sahuarita, Arizona - public underground missile museum
Nike Missile Site SF-88, Marin County, California - fully restored Nike missile complex
Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site, Cooperstown, North Dakota - last surviving complete facilities from USAF 321st Missile Wing (01Nov63-30Sep98), namely Oscar-Zero Missile Alert Facility (4 mi N of Cooperstown) and November-33 Launch Facility (missile silo, 2 mi E of Cooperstown)
National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Albuquerque, New Mexico - missiles and rockets
National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, Ohio - the Nagasaki B-29 bomber (Bockscar) and missiles
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C. - the Hiroshima B-29 bomber (Enola Gay)
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
Air Force Space & Missile Museum, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Air Force Armament Museum, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Wall, South Dakota - Launch Control Facility Delta-01 with its corresponding underground Launch Control Center and Launch Facility (Missile Silo) Delta-09
South Dakota Air and Space Museum, Ellsworth Air Force Base, Box Elder, South Dakota - Minuteman Missile Transporter truck, 44th Missile Wing Training Launch Facility (Training Missile Silo)
Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, Ashland, Nebraska - a museum focusing on aircraft and nuclear missiles of the United States Air Force
Greenbrier Bunker, Greenbrier County, West Virginia - underground bunker for the United States Congress
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima - contains the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and related memorials
Nagasaki Peace Park and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki
The Daigo Fukuryū Maru ship, a Japanese fishing boat that was contaminated after the Castle Bravo detonation in 1954, it is now on display in Tokyo at the Tokyo Metropolitan Daigo Fukuryū Maru Exhibition Hall.
CFS Carp - also known as The Diefenbunker, a cold war nuclear museum in a former underground Canadian military facility outside of Ottawa
Chernobyl Museum, Kiev
Hack Green Nuclear Bunker, Cheshire countryside near the town on Nantwich, UK
Trinity Site, Socorro County, New Mexico - site of the first artificial nuclear explosion
Nevada Test Site, Nye County, Nevada - US nuclear test site
Pacific Proving Grounds, US nuclear test site
Carson National Forest, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico - site of Project Gasbuggy
Carlsbad, New Mexico - site of Project Gnome
Hiroshima, first wartime use of an atomic bomb
Nagasaki, last wartime use of an atomic bomb
Maralinga, South Australia - site of Operation Buffalo and Operation Antler
Pokhran, Rajasthan - site of the Pokhran-II test
The Chernobyl disaster was the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. Tourists can access the exclusion zone surrounding the plant, and in particular the abandoned city of Prypiat.
Three Mile Island was the site of a well publicized accident, the most significant in the history of American commercial nuclear power. The Three Mile Island Visitor Center, in Middletown, PA, educates the public through exhibitions and video displays.
Windscale fire On October 10, 1957, the graphite core of a British nuclear reactor at Windscale, Cumbria, caught fire, releasing substantial amounts of radioactive contamination into the surrounding area. The event, known as the Windscale fire, was considered the world's worst reactor accident until the Three Mile Island accident in 1979. Both incidents were dwarfed by the magnitude of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The Visitor Center was closed in 1992, and the public may no longer visit, it has been turned into a center for supplier conferences, and business events.
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The novel O-Zone, by Paul Theroux, involves a group of wealthy New York tourists who enter and party in a post-nuclear disaster zone in the Ozarks.