Atomic Bomb Museum
Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque,
              New Mexico, USA
I saved this for last, not knowing what to expect.  Notice
that the word "Bomb" is missing from the introductory sign
above, even though that's what the museum is all about.  
Photography, including video, was allowed.  New Mexico
remains home to America's original atomic bomb facility,
Las Alamos, one hour away from Albuquerque.    
This museum expresses pride in American nuclear bomb
technology.  Here is a full-size replica of the first atomic bomb
ever used, dropped upon Hiroshima, Japan on August 6 1945.  
It's nickname was "Little Boy".  You can get a different
perspective by looking at my Hiroshima stills and the Japan
video.  Also here is a replica of "Fat Boy" the second A-bomb,
dropped on Nagasaki.  There is agreement that these bombs
caused Japan to surrender, ending World War II.         
The museum then presents samples from America's arsenal
of hydrogen bombs, incredibly more lethal than the
primitive weapons used against Japan.  This was the Cold
War era of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD), when the
United States and the Soviet Union were poised to destroy
each other, plus the entire planet in the process.
It was quite disturbing, walking from one hydrogen bomb
replica to another, including the missiles intended to deliver
them.  The museum objectively describes each weapon as to
its history and megatons of destructive power.  The fact that
these bombs were not used suggests that the policy of mutual
deterrence was effective, in that neither the US nor the USSR
pushed the nuclear button.  I lived through the Cuban Missile
Crisis in October 1962, when such a peaceful outcome was in
serious doubt.  

The museum is attempting to cope with the end of the Cold
War and a series of arms control treaties that have greatly
reduced the sheer numbers American and Russian nuclear
weapons.  Both countries still retain sufficient missiles and
hydrogen bombs to wipe each other off the map.  There is a
small Russian display, and promise of a new exhibit on
progress in the disarmament field.  Quite a challenge for this
bomb museum.         
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip to
New Mexico, which comes first, when you click on:
Polar Bear Pueblo