The N.C. Transportation Museum is located about five minutes off I-85, about an hour’s drive from Charlotte, Greensboro or Winston-Salem.

From I-85, use Exit 79 and follow the brown Historic Sites signs. You will turn left onto Hwy. 29 (Salisbury Avenue). The museum will be on your left.

From Statesville, take I-40 to I-77 South (Exit 152). From I-77 take exit 49A (G. Bagnal Blvd.) which is Highway 70. Travel Hwy 70 for 21.5 miles to the Salisbury Mall. Go straight past the mall and Rowan Regional Medical Center. Turn right onto Clubhouse Drive (at the “To 29” sign). Follow Clubhouse Dr., veering left until you reach the light at Main St. Turn left. Go 2 miles, passing through downtown Spencer. Pass SunTrust Bank and the Fire Dept. on the left and the museum entrance will be on the right. (Approximate drive time: 45 minutes).

Find directions from Google Maps. Ride aboard an Amtrak Train to Salisbury Depot, then take public transportation to the museum.

Parking is free. Spaces are available for buses and trailers. Space may be limited during certain special events.

Please note that the museum has shortened hours on days when THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is offered November 10-11, 17-19, 24-26, and December 1-3, 7-10, 12-23.

Museum Hours on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride days: Tuesdays-Saturdays 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Sundays 12-2:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
The regular day-time museum train will not be operating between October 30 and December 25.

The museum will close at 2:00 p.m. on days THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride operates, and all guests will be asked to leave so we are able to prepare for the event. Gates will reopen at 3:00 p.m. for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride event only, and museum exhibit buildings will be closed. When visiting with small children during the day, we encourage you to avoid the Bob Julian Roundhouse area because a key scene of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride performance takes place there… we want all of those who BELIEVE to be able to experience the magic during the event.