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Atomic Testing Museum's New Director


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The new head of the National Atomic Testing Museum explains his plans for the museum.

The National Atomic Testing Museum, here in Las Vegas, has a new director. He’s Michael Hall.

Hall comes to the museum from the Roswell Museum and Art Center in New Mexico. That museum’s focus is the art and history of the Southwest. 

Hall stopped by the KNPR studios to talk with us about his background and his plans for the museum.

"I've always been interested in history and science," he said, "I have quite a lot of scientific background and I wanted to bring that to play here in this interesting challenge.

Hall said the museum is working on a new exhibit that will focus on the history and science of radiation,

"We hope to have things for the old and the young alike because we do do a lot of school tours and it will definitely have a very strong educational component to it," Hall said.

The new exhibit will be replacing a popular exhibit about Area 51. Hall said he hopes another museum in Southern Nevada will partner with them to keep the Area 51 exhibit around.

Hall said he has experience in writing grants to raise money and hopes to bring those talents to the museum. 

"So, one thing I hope to do is develop some broader scope of funding for the museum," he said, "I think we're doing some nationally important and nationally visible exhibits here and I think we can approach even more foundations to support this important museum."

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