If you love cars, here you will see some of the finest representation of automobiles from times past. Over 200 cars within a 105,000 square feet building. Each car has plaquers with complete technical, historical and anecdotal information displayed with each car. There is a very nice 157-seat theatre where they have a film presentations of “The Bill Harrah Story and the Legendary Journey to the Museum” as well as “Magic Carriage” that are shown throughout the day. Plus:
•Automotive shop, open to public view.
•World famous automotive research library.
•Museum Store featuring books, apparel, hard-to-find automotive gifts, souvenirs and more.
•Museum available for group tours, day and evening banquets and special events.
•Free parking for automobiles and RVs or buses off Mill Street.
The Museum is open Mon. – Sat. from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children 6 to 18 years. Children age 5 and younger are free. Parking is free.
The museum has so many cars from the late 1800's up to the present, to the very unique. They've got a gift shop. One old car you can sit in. It takes a couple of hours to make it through the museum and actually read about the different vehicles. A lot of famous people's cars in here too like John F. Kennedy's, John Wayne's, Sammy Davis Jr.'s, and the car used in the movie Titanic.
The National Automobile Museum is the sum of the original Harrah's Auto Museum that once had over 1,400 cars and is probably one of the top attractions in Reno...and for good reasons. It is also ranked in the top auto museums worldwide and it offficially opened in 1989
I have to the museum many times while living in Reno as it hosted many events and was always a must-see-and-do during the annual Hot August Nights celebration.
The museum now exhibits about 200 unusual, exceptional and unique cars and vehicles and some in period dioramas. Whether vintage, special interest automobiles, rare and one-of-a-kind cars, including race cars and even horseless carriages thanks to the donations of the original owner/collector, gambling icon Bill Harrah.
In addition to cars, there are auto-related memorabilia and special exhibits that change regularly and there are also guided tours, story boards and theatre presentations plus a great Museum Store for gifts.
One great aspect of the Museum is that it is self-sustaining and is not owned, affiliated or supported by any other organization or entity or government.
Monday - Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Seniors : $8 (62 and older)
Junior: $4 (6 to 18 years old)
Children: Free (5 and younger)
Audio Tour: Free
If you are visiting Reno, you definitely should make a stop at this museum. It is a mecca for auto enthusiasts and well worth a break from the casino scene. Many of the cars here are from the Harrah collection, which once numbered over 1000 cars. The ones on display include many classics and rare vehicles, luxury cars from both Europe and the US. Besides well known makers such as Merecedez Benz, Cadillac, etc., lesser know cars are here in abundance. There are also a few specialty cars here such as the Batmobile from the 1960s TV show.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This is Reno's best museum and is based on the collection of the founder of the Harrah's Casino chain , John Harrah. It includes historical and rare cars from the early days of the auto to the 70's.