Museum Hours: Mon - Sat, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm & Sun, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

New Exhibit: Hot Rods and Cool Customs


Changing Exhibits Gallery

May-Mid-August 2021

According to the Oxford dictionary, to hot rod is to “modify (a vehicle or other device) to make it faster or more powerful.”  The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) says the term changes in meaning over the years, but “hot rodding” has less to do with the vehicle and more to do with an attitude and lifestyle.”


What’s the difference between a “hot rod” and a “custom car?” As the old saying goes, “One is for show, the other for go.” However, you define them, we think hot rods and customs are another way to further enjoy automobiles.


We are thrilled to celebrate them both with a special exhibit, Hot Rods and Cool Customs, as we approach Reno’s Annual Hot August Nights event this summer.  In addition to the displays in our lobby, Changing Exhibits Gallery and outside of our Blacksmith Shop, you’ll notice several hot rodding and custom efforts throughout our Museum.


Visitors can enjoy a variety of vehicles on display, including:


1929 Ford Model A Cabriolet

1931 Ford Highboy Coupe

1932 Ford Highboy Roadster

1939 Ford Custom Convertible Coupe (customized by Harry Westergard)

1949 “James Dean” Mercury Series 9CM Six-Passenger Coupe

1961 Roth Beatnik Bandit