National Automobile Museum

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Key Info

10 Lake St.

Price & Hours

$12 for adults; $6 for kids 6-18
Mon-Sat 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 4.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Even if you don't consider yourself an automobile aficionado, you'll want to make a stop at this museum, according to recent visitors. Home to more than 200 vehicles ranging from horseless carriages to race cars to celebrity rides, the National Automobile Museum covers a lot of ground. Most of the vehicles on display are from Bill Harrah's personal estate (one of Nevada's casino gaming pioneers), which is why the museum is often referred to as the Harrah Collection. Some of the museum's most notable pieces include the Thomas Flyer (winner of the 1908 around-the-world race) and the 1949 Mercury Series 9CM driven by James Dean in the film, "Rebel Without a Cause."

Car enthusiasts who visited raved about the museum's carefully restored pieces and said they were pleasantly surprised by its range of exhibits and educational value. Many were also quick to comment that the museum appeals to more than just automobile junkies and highly recommended taking a break from the casino to peruse the informative and entertaining displays.

Sitting along the Truckee River in downtown Reno, the National Automobile Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs $12 for adults; youths between the ages of 6 and 18 get in for $6. Plan to spend about two hours here, unless you're a car enthusiast — in which case the museum recommends you set aside an entire day to browse its impressive collection. For more information, check out the museum's website.

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