Nevada State Railroad Museum
Welcome to the Nevada State Railroad Museum, the popular state and railway heritage museum located in Carson City. This museum works to preserve the railroad heritage of Nevada and includes various cars and locomotives of the famous Virginia and Truckee Railroad. The Nevada State Railroad Museum serves as a cultural resource to the community, the museum dedicated to educating visitors and the community about Nevada Railroad history.
Much of the equipment you will see here were donated from Hollywood Studios, where many were regularly featured in films and tv shows. You will see significant locomotives, rolling stock, artifacts, photos, and other various memorabilia. There are also select pieces of equipment operated throughout the year to demonstrate steam and early gasoline technology and provide visitors with 'first-hand experience with railroad history through the sights, sounds, and sensations of a train ride.'
There are regularly changing exhibits featured each year, as well as a few permanent exhibits, such as the Jack and Marge Gibson Collection, which includes 15 1/2 scale models, as well as the Communication Exhibit, exploring early train communication methods such as timetables and telegraphs. The Jacobson Interpretive Center features the changing exhibits, such as the current (2020) Transcontinental Railroad: What a Difference it Made.
Before you go stop at the Museum Store and pick up your railroad/Nevada history books, toys, apparel, and more!