Come Along for the Ride!

Become a Member of the Museum that moves you!
Become a Member

Core Benefits

  • Free admission & free train rides! (Blackout dates apply)
  • Advance purchase opportunities for premium events, like THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
  • Discounts on select events and programs
  • 10% discount on most items in the Gift Station and through our online store
  • Reciprocal admission benefits at more than 300 museums worldwide through the Association of Science and Technology Centers Passport Program
  • Monthly In Motion electronic newsletter and recognition in annual members list
  • Invitation to annual Members’ Day
  • And more!


Core benefits for one individual student (up to age 17) or one individual senior citizen (Ages 60+)

INDIVIDUAL ($45 + $3.15 tax)
Core benefits for one individual adult

COMPANION ($60 + $4.20 tax)
Core benefits for two individuals

(2 Adults & up to 4 children in the same household)

FAMILY ($80 + $5.60 tax)
• Core benefits
• Discounts on Birthday Caboose Rentals & At the Throttle
• Discounts on select events

FAMILY PREMIUM ($150 + $10.50 tax)
• Core benefits
• Discounts on Birthday Caboose Rentals & At the Throttle
• Half off select special events
• 2 Diesel Locomotive Cab Rides ($50 Value)

FAMILY PLATINUM ($300 + $21 tax)
• Core benefits
• Discounts on Birthday Caboose Rentals & At the Throttle
• Free tickets to select special events
• 4 Diesel Locomotive Cab Rides ($100 Value)

(Only for Family Level Memberships)

PLUS ONE ADULT ($15 + $1.05 tax)

Add one additional adult to your family level membership

PLUS ONE CHILD ($10 + $0.70 tax)

Add additional children to your family level membership

1) Premium Events are defined as any special event that requires visitors to pay a fee that is higher than General Admission. Many Premium Events take place throughout the site, so no General Admission option is available on those days and ALL visitors on site are required to pay the Premium Event Admission. 
2) Some exclusions may apply. Download a list of Passport Program participants and restrictions here.

You can join or renew online in just a few minutes, while you’re visiting at the NCTM (either in the Gift Station or Barber Junction Visitor Center), or by calling 704-636-2889, ext. 224. You may also print and mail this form with your payment to: NCTMF Membership, PO Box 69, Spencer, NC 28159.

Please note that effective January 1, 2015, in accordance with N.C. General Statute 105-164.4(a)(10), we are required to charge state and county sales tax (effective rate of 7%) on the admission portion of membership dues. 

If you are a new member or a member who is rejoining after a lapsed period, you will receive your membership number in a packet mailed to you within 2 weeks of the N.C. Transportation Museum receiving your membership submission. If you need it before then, please email Elaine Holden at elaine.holden@nctransportationmuseum.org.



PLUS Membership Options: For larger families or families with additional caregivers, PLUS options allow you to add additional children (ages 3-17 and in the same household) for $10 per child or ONE additional adult (grandparent, babysitter, etc.) for $15 to family-level ONLY memberships. This option is not available online. Please call 704-636-2889 if you would like to add PLUS member to your family-level membership.

If you have additional questions on the NCTM Membership program, please call Elaine Holden, Outreach and Program Coordinator at 704-464-4047 or email membership@nctransportationmuseum.org.


The museum’s membership program is operated by the N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation, a non-profit group that provides support for preservation efforts and educational programs at the museum. A portion of your membership dues may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax preparer.