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Hours & Admission

Museum Hours

January – February
Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday & Monday.
March – Labor Day
Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed 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 Times:

January – February
Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
March – May
Friday at 10a.m., 11a.m., and 1p.m.
Saturday at 10a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Sunday at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., & 3 p.m.
Thursday March 16, April 20, and May 18 at 10a.m., 11a.m., and 1p.m.
June – Labor Day
Thursday & Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., & 1 p.m.
Saturday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Sunday at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., & 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.

Planning Your 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/

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.

Benefits using the ASTC Travel Passport Program membership can only be completed on-site at the Barber Junction Visitor Center; no online reservations accepted. ASTC Travel Passport Program visitors receive free general admission and train ride (excluding special and premium events) for immediate family members residing in the same household; limit four. 

 

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