Nevada State Railroad Museum

Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City: Hours, Address, Nevada State Railroad Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Nevada State Railroad Museum

Nevada State Railroad Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Train buffs will love this museum which features a diverse collection of photographs and artifacts that trace Nevada's railroad history. Highlights include a 19th-century rail equipment exhibit and five steam locomotives.
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1-2 hours
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Mmarymomm
Pleasanton, CA1,738 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Except for one thing we really enjoyed the Railroad Museum. The trains were impeccably curated and there were placards with information about each train. We especially liked the large map on the floor which showed the route of the intercontinental railroad and how long it took to get from one building site to the next goal. It was much easier coming from the East than the West due to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The one drawback was that the museum consists of two buildings and one was closed. I think if they are letting you see only half of the exhibitions that they should reduce the price.
Written June 22, 2021
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northbuddy
Malone, NY91 contributions
Oct 2021
The cars and engines were very well restored, with a fair number of RR related artifacts. If you are a RR buff, you need to stop in if in the area. Even some of the areas that would be off limits at other museums (there were a number of derelict cars) one could get to up close.
Written October 3, 2021
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jmarzy
Whittier, CA90 contributions
First - at $4 admission how could the reviewer say the museum is overpriced and there are better ways to spend your money? There is an old saying that nothing is good or bad until it is compared to something else. Compared to the State Railroard museum in Sacramento, you might be disapointed. But truthfully who goes to a Railroad museum? My guess is people who like Railroad stuff. I love history, so this museum is fasinating for me. Several trains to view that are fully restored. Many, many more are in a state of suspended deterioration, waiting for funds to arrive. 5 stars in you like anything about Virginia and Truckee Railroad History.
Written July 21, 2009
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JKOzarks
Signal Hill, CA31 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Nice museum, interesting railroad map on the floor (which can only be viewed when the museum is near empty), some interesting history, numerous authentic artifacts. In the main museum itself you cannot touch things not board rail cars which is disappointing. Being from out of state I was surprised a state allowing so much personal liberty when it comes to vices doesn’t allow people mask freedom at this point in the covid experience. Be sure to go outside to the annex where you can board a restored train car. If you’ve been to a great railroad museum like the one in Sacramento you can skip this one.
Written May 14, 2021
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giestecke
YUBA CITY , CA12 contributions
I found this Railroad museum was very disappointing and over $ for what was on display. Rude counter person in shop would not recommend at all; better attractions in area to spend your $ on
Written May 8, 2007
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jerryskc
Kansas City, MO454 contributions
Jun 2021
Stopped in on a road trip to California and well worth the detour and at $8 entry fee, a steal in my opinion. There are two main sections to the museum, the main displays and the annex. Be sure to visit both.

In the main hall the centerpiece consists of two wonderful steam locomotives that really represent the stereotypical American railroad train that is so well represented in the movies. Indeed, there is a section on the Hollywood connection to many of these items. There is a fair bit of text to read should the visitor so desire but it is by no means overwhelming. If you are here with a group it seems that you can organize a tour guide but I was self-guided and was under a bit of time pressure.

There are a several examples of rolling stock in this hall too. I understand that these items are rare and fragile but it is a little frustrating that visitors are not able to clamber aboard of even see inside the items in question. I would love to have seen the footplate of the locos for example but when one stands on the ground, it is really impossible to see inside. A viewing platform or two would really enhance the experience if going inside is not possible.

Go to the annex which is next door and if you can, engage one of the volunteer engineers who are there. I went early (which I recommend) and I was the only visitor in the annex and was able to chat with a staff member there who told me all about what I was seeing and told me the fascinating history behind the exhibits. One of these you can climb onto and it makes all the difference. I strongly suggest not missing the annex and rally, make sure you talk to the people there who are very knowledgeable and, at least judging by my experience, bring it all to life. There are some fascinating exhibits here.

I was there for a little over an hour. You could spend longer there but you can see everything in that time. It is a gem. I would go back and although I am by no means a railroad enthusiast, I am a history buff and this is right up my alley from that point of view. I'd go again for sure
Written June 19, 2021
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Phavorite
Carson City, NV31 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
We loving riding on the historical trains and the lovely museum. Not to go without mentioning rolling down the grass hill! The museum store has always been filled with great items and everyone is friendly and informative.
Written February 14, 2017
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Eric G
Pasadena, CA621 contributions
Aug 2020
This small museum contains a number of historic railcars, including one used by Leland Stanford when the final spike was driven at Promontory Point in Utah linking the country by rail. The staff were very friendly as well.
Written November 23, 2020
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Dave J
4 contributions
Aug 2019
Our trip to the NSRM was wonderful. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly. The grounds were impeccable and the displays were awesome. We'll definitely visit again.
Written November 6, 2019
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AcesCole
Columbus, OH71 contributions
Sep 2019
If you enjoy trains or their history and you are in Carson City, this is a must stop. The displays were informative and seeing the older trains and rail cars was very enjoyable. The staff was knowledgeable and obviously enjoyed talking about the trains!
Written September 29, 2019
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