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Hours & Admission

Museum Hours

Tuesday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Currently Closed on Monday

ADMISSION ONLY

Adults: $6
Seniors/Military: $5
Children 3-12: $4
Members and Children Under 3: FREE

ADMISSION + TRAIN RIDE

Adults: $12
Seniors/Military: $10
Children 3-12: $8
Members and Children Under 3: FREE

TRAIN RIDE SCHEDULE
Fridays (through October 28) at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.
Saturdays (through November 5) at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Sundays (through November 6) at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

*These prices do not include taxes or fees.

TURNTABLE RIDES

$1/person ages 3+
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (Sat. only)
Sunday: 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Online purchase is highly recommended.

Please note: The museum is hosting the Day Out With Thomas ™ special event on Friday-Sunday, September 23-25, and Friday-Sunday, September 30-October 2, 2022. Special event pricing applies for all museum visitors including members on those days. ASTC reciprocal benefits do not apply. For more information and ticketing, please visit  www.nctransportationmuseum.org/day-out-with-thomas. Thank you for your continued support!

Planning Your Visit:

Face masks are optional for the train ride and in all areas of the N.C. Transportation Museum. As COVID-19 protocols can change, visitors to the N.C. Transportation Museum must follow requirements in effect at the time of their visit.

 

  • Barber Junction Visitor Center – Ticket sales and visitor orientation
  • Back Shop – Large displays of railroading, automotive and trucking, and aviation equipment
  • Bob Julian Roundhouse – Steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses, aviation displays surrounding the Wright Flyer replica, railroad restoration bays, and private and specialized railroading equipment
  • Flue Shop – Bumper to Bumper automotive exhibit
  • Master Mechanic’s Office Exhibit Spaces – Used to host traveling and temporary exhibits
  • Gift Station – Variety of souvenirs, snacks, and transportation-related products. You can also shop online at https://shopnctransportationmuseum.com/

Train Ride Schedule

Friday:
10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.
Saturday:

10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Sunday:
1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

The museum offers online, reduced contact ticket purchases. Just click the button above or at the top of the page. Tickets can also be purchased onsite at the Barber Junction Visitor Center, where social distancing markers and plexiglass shields will separate staff from visitors.

Turntable Ride Schedule

Tuesday – Friday: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Saturday:10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 

Experience a ride on the 1924 turntable, the centerpiece of railroad operations at the largest remaining roundhouse in North America. The turntable was used to move steam locomotives to and from the 37-bay Bob Julian Roundhouse when they were brought in for maintenance and to turn them around between runs. Unlike diesel locomotives, steam locomotives were designed to pull trains in only one direction, making the turntable a necessary part of operations at railroad yards like Spencer.

Still in operation today, this Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark is used to position locomotives and rail cars for display and for use on the museum’s passenger trains. Take a spin as the turntable operator explains the history of this 100 foot long rotating bridge and its importance to the operation of Southern Railway’s Spencer Shops and today’s North Carolina Transportation Museum.

ASTC Reciprocity

Reciprocal memberships for participating Association of Science – Technology Centers (ASTC) outside 90-linear-miles of the N.C. Transportation Museum will be accepted provided the member follows the following guidelines:

  • You must have your membership card with you.
  • The membership card must be in your name.
  • You must present a photo ID.
  • The expiration date on the membership card must be valid.

To find out if your museum is part of the reciprocity program, view the lists online: ASTC
Please note the exceptions below for centers within 90-linear-miles of the N.C. Transportation Museum. Reciprocity is subject to change.

It is recommended that you call the N.C. Transportation Museum prior to your visit to confirm the status of reciprocity. 704.636.2889 ext. 239

Benefits using the ASTC Travel Passport Program membership can only be completed on-site at the Barber Junction Visitor Center; no online reservations accepted.

 

Reciprocity

  • Catawba Science Center, Hickory NC
  • Greensboro Science Center, Greensboro NC (50% off admission and train ride for up to 4 people from one household on non-special event days)
  • Kaleideum North, Winston-Salem NC
  • Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium, Gastonia NC

No Reciprocity

  • Discovery Place, Inc, Charlotte NC