Nevada – 132 miles (212km) north east of Sacramento
click here National Automotive Museum
10 South Lake Street Reno
Web language: English
TEL +1 (775) 333-9300
This is a car museum.
Monday – Saturday, 09:30 – 17:30
Not open Thanksgiving or Christmas day.
The museum has a collection of more than 200 vehicles. They have vintage, classic and special interest automobiles, rare and one-of-a-kind wonders, dynamic race cars and one of the finest Horseless Carriage collections in the world. The majority of the museum cars are from the world-famous collection of the late Bill Harrah.
The visitor will travel through time to discover a different story around every corner. Visitors walk along authentic street scenes beginning with the turn-of-the-20th century. The visitor can explore galleries of cars, memorabilia and special exhibits that change throughout the year. There are audio and daily guided tours, story boards as well as theatre presentations. There is also a Museum Store.
The museum attracts nearly two million visitors, annually.
The idea for the Museum developed following the death of Bill Harrah. Bill Harrah was a prominent gaming pioneer who founded Harrah’s Hotels and Casinos and the former Harrah’s Automobile Collection. He assembled the largest and most historically significant collection in the world that reached approximately 1,400 vehicles. His legacy lives on at the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection).
After his death in 1978, Holiday Inns purchased Harrah’s Hotels and Casinos and Harrah’s Automobile Collection in 1980. Following the announcement of plans to sell the collection, there was public pressure to keep the collection intact. Due to this Holiday Inns donated 175 cars and the research library to create a nonprofit museum. Holidays Inns sold the balance of the Harrah collection, the majority at spectacular, record-setting auctions in 1984, 1985 and 1986, as well as private sales.
With generous donations from the City of Reno Redevelopment Agency, the State of Nevada, and many individuals and organizations, this Museum opened on November 5, 1989.
There is a museum shop. The museum is geared up to host a whole range of special events.
By the National Automotive Museum website:
The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) was selected by AutoWeek magazine as one of America’s Five Greatest Automobile Museums in March 2012. The Museum had already been on AutoWeek’s list of the “Sixteen Best” automobile museums in the world. In addition, when the Museum opened in 1989, it was reported to have set the standard for auto museums worldwide with its extensive collection and innovative design.